Zaire: Continuity and Political Change in an Oppressive State

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865312982
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1986
  • Series: Profiles Ser.
  • Pages: 204
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Historical Setting 5
Early Kingdoms and the Impact of Foreign Exploitation 5
External Penetration and Domination 8
Toward Independence 15
Independence and Chaos 20
2 The Zairian Polity 31
Consolidation and the Rise of the Single-Party State 31
Territorial Administration and Local Politics 38
Instruments of Control 41
Opposition 49
3 Society and Culture 65
Population and Demography 65
Ethnic Pluralism and Linguistic Diversity 68
The Politics and Economics of Class Formation 71
Religion 73
Education 76
Health Care 80
Women and Social Change 85
Law as Social and Political Battleground 89
Media and the Arts 91
4 Economics, Politics, and Interdependence 99
The Colonial Economy: Exploitation and the Establishment of External Linkages 99
Independence and Economic Disruption: 1960-1966 101
Stability and Growth: 1967-1974 103
The Politics of Mining and Energy 106
Economic Crisis 113
5 Zaire in the International Arena 137
Early Chaos and International Rescue: Establishing a Lasting Pattern 138
Relations with Other States 142
Mobutu as Third World Leader: Revolutionary Rhetoric but Conservative Statecraft 162
6 Plus Ca Change...Zaire and the Future 169
The New Colonial State 169
Prospects for Reform 172
List of Acronyms 179
Selected Bibliography 183
About the Book and Author 191
Index 193
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