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Readings in African Politics provides an overview of key topics and themes that collectively contribute to an understanding of politics in Africa. The selections included here come from a wide range of Western and non-Western sources and together represent core knowledge in the field of African politics. Topic areas covered are methods for appraising the modern African state, approaches to understanding African states and their politics, dimensions of regional conflict, conflict between traditional and modern values, the politics of new social forces, and the meaning of contemporary trends. An introductory essay by Tom Young sketches the terrain of politics in Africa from national and international efforts toward development to local problems such as corruption and ethnic conflict. TOM YOUNG is Senior Lecturer in Politics with reference to Africa, SOAS, London Contributors include: ROBERT H. BATES, GORAN HYDEN, Jean-FRANCOIS BAYART, MAHMOOD MAMDANI, PATRICK CHABAL & JEAN-PASCAL DALOZ, ROY MAY, MARGARET HALL & TOM YOUNG, TOYIN FALOLA, RICHARD FANTHORPE, MAMADOU DIOUF, AILI MARI TRIPP, BESSIE HOUSE-MIDAMBA, JOCELYN ALEXANDER, SALLY FALK MOORE, ADAM ASHWORTH Published in association with the International African Institute North America: Indiana U Press
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The authors deliver a great package of geographical and thematic material. It's useful. - René Pélissier in POLITIQUE INTERNATIONALE The introductory essay is very smart in the best sense. It does a very nice job in a short space of both laying out the main themes in the evolution of scholarship in African politics over the past forty years and of critiquing that literature, and it does so in eloquent and witty prose. - Leonard Villalón, Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida ... the student will find a wealth of empirical material ranging rather even-handedly over four decades of independence ... - Roger Charlton, Glasgow Caledonian University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780852552575
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/23/2011
  • Series: Readings in...
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252

Meet the Author

Tom Young

Tom Young is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Sources & Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
The Party-State in Perspective 8
Rental Havens & Protective Shelters 16
Conditions of Governance 23
Personal Rule 28
Bringing the Ruling Class Back In 33
The State 40
Conclusion: Linking the Urban & the Rural 45
The Instrumentalization of Disorder 51
Internal Dimensions of Warfare in Chad 55
Mozambique at War with Itself 59
Violence & Conflict in the 1990s 68
Ritual & Political Forms of Violent Practice 80
The Spread of Political Violence in Congo-Brazzaville 89
Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs & Local Control 97
Commensality, Process & the Moral Order 107
Locating the Politics of a Sierra Leonean Chiefdom 116
Mobilisation of Rights through Organisational Structures 127
Urban Youth & Senegalese Politics 139
The Catholic Church in Uganda 148
Everyday Forms of Resistance & Transformations of Economic Policy 160
Gender, Democratization & Associational Life in Kenya 175
The Local State in Post-War Mozambique 182
Post-Socialist Micro-Politics, Kilimanjaro, 1993 193
Aspects of Democracy & Democratisation in Zambia & Botswana 202
Imagining Democracy 215
Witchcraft, Violence & Democracy in the New South Africa 225
Index 237
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