Ethnicity in Africa: Towards a Positive Approach

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Positive about African ethnicity.
Ethnicity in Africa explores one of Africa's resilient realities. Looking critically into previous treatment of the subject, author Seyoum Hameso argues that ethnic phenomenon in Africa is a wrongly attacked symptom of genuine concerns. The author notes that perverse Western media publicity and unfavorable academic treatment of ethnicity have rendered ethnicity as an alibi for various socio-political disorders in Africa. But they fall short of ...
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Overview

Positive about African ethnicity.
Ethnicity in Africa explores one of Africa's resilient realities. Looking critically into previous treatment of the subject, author Seyoum Hameso argues that ethnic phenomenon in Africa is a wrongly attacked symptom of genuine concerns. The author notes that perverse Western media publicity and unfavorable academic treatment of ethnicity have rendered ethnicity as an alibi for various socio-political disorders in Africa. But they fall short of explaining why it is resilient. The salience of ethnicity ought to be seen in relation to Africa's historical and political experience, which corresponded to despotic, often military, regimes, all of which professed to avoid the 'divisiveness' of ethnic diversity. Contrary to received notions, ethnicity can be channeled towards constructively positive ends and it can contribute to the betterment of life in the continent. Ethnicity in Africa gives useful insights into the history, politics, sociology and economic changes in Africa and it is particularly valuable source of information for anyone interested in Africa's social and political formations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595181445
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v
1 Overview 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Ethnicity in Africa 3
1.3 Ethnicity defined: concept and theory 7
1.4 Theoretical perspectives on ethnicity 11
2 Ethnic Groups in Africa: The Main Features 19
2.1 Introduction 19
2.2 Collective community with physical space 20
2.3 Language 23
2.4 Culture, social and political organisations 30
3 Political Economy of Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts 35
3.1 Introduction 35
3.2 Ethnicity as politics and economics 37
3.3 Ethnic Conflicts 43
3.4 Consequences of Conflicts 48
3.5 External Environment to Ethnicity 50
4 Ethnicity and African States: Case Studies 57
4.1 Introduction 57
4.2 Case studies (Nigeria, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi) 58
5 Positive Sides to Ethnicity 91
5.1 Introduction 91
5.2 Ethnicity, historicity and social change 93
5.3 Ethnicity and justice 97
5.4 Ethnicity and democracy 99
5.5 Ethnicity and economic welfare 104
6 Conclusions 107
Bibliography 111
Index 117
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Towards Positive Ethnicity

    This book explores one of Africa¿s resilient realities. Looking critically into previous treatment of the subject, Seyoum Hameso argues that ethnic phenomenon in Africa is a wrongly attacked symptom of genuine concerns. The author notes that perverse Western media publicity and unfavorable academic treatment of ethnicity have rendered ethnicity as an alibi for various socio-political disorders in Africa. But they fall short of explaining why it is resilient. The salience of ethnicity ought to be seen in relation to Africa¿s historical and political experience, which corresponded to despotic, often military, regimes all of which professed to avoid the `divisiveness¿ of ethnic diversity. Contrary to received notions, ethnicity can be channeled towards constructively positive ends and it can contribute to the betterment of life in the continent. The book gives useful insights into the history, politics, sociology and economic changes in Africa and it is particularly valuable source of information for anyone interested in Africa¿s social and political formations.

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