Escape from Domination in Africa: Political Disengagement and Its Consequences

Escape from Domination in Africa: Political Disengagement and Its Consequences

by Bruce Baker
     
 

Africans have long resorted to a range of strategies to escape domination - they have migrated, they have dropped out, and they have developed second economies. In this text, the author takes examples from across the continent to establish a discussible model. North America: Africa World Press  See more details below

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Africans have long resorted to a range of strategies to escape domination - they have migrated, they have dropped out, and they have developed second economies. In this text, the author takes examples from across the continent to establish a discussible model. North America: Africa World Press

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Baker makes his argument in a splendid manner. The breadth of his exploration leads the reader through a treat of intellectually stimulating literature focusing on a broad array of topics including the role of culture in political discontinuity, the pitfalls of the second economy and the ways in which geographic marginality can lead to marginality on concomitant lines of youth and gender. In every chapter he provides a solid review in a quality prose. His argument thus comes out clear and concise despite the breadth it underpins. - Richard Marcus in COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS This book departs from other studies of disengagement in that the author does not restrict the notion of unacceptable authority to that wielded by the state. He includes the exercise of social (extra-state) authority, thus extending his study to other actors in society: individuals, groups, and institutions. Nor does he pretend that disengagement is a straightforward, non-contestable concept. He not only discusses its difficulties, but does so in a way that reserves space for differing interpretations of the concept...The author's choice of the social power perspective seems justified. Significantly, it succeeds in demonstrating the interplay between micro- and macro-level factors in precipitating disengagement. In addition, the chapter highlights questions that remain outstanding and that call for further research. Overall the book is a major contribution to the study of African politics in particular and African studies in general. Its clear language renders it both accessible and enjoyable for specialists and non-specialists alike. - Frederick Golooba-Mutebi in DEVELOPMENT POLICY REVIEW

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ISBN-13:
9780852558386
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
12/21/2000
Pages:
254

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