African Politics: Critical and Primary Sources aims to be an indispensable reference collection focusing on the most important contributions in the field of African politics. Bringing together 100 high-quality essays drawn from over half a century of journal articles, book chapters, and historical documents, supported by introductory essays, this reference work provides the essential foundation for scholars and students to engage with the field of African politics and a core reference for the launching of their own research.
The four-volume collection covers a wide set of perspectives, problematics, and approaches within the field of African politics. The collection covers essential (English language and translated) works generated by scholars and practitioners from Africa, Europe, and North America. Reflecting an eclectic understanding of the sources that have contributed to the development of African politics as a field of study, the essays are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, such as Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, and Religious Studies. Likewise, the essays reflect the broad ideological, philosophical, and theoretical streams that have informed scholarship on African politics.
About the Author
Kevin Dunn is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He is author of several books, including Imagining the Congo (2003), The Politics of Origin in Africa (2013) and Inside African Politics (2013).
Table of Contents
1) THE PRE-COLONIAL AND COLONIAL LEGACIES
a. Pre-colonial politics and their legacies b. Colonialism and its implications
2) IDENTITY AND POLITICS
a. Ethnicity b. Social Class c. Gender d. Religion e. Nationalism f. Pan-Africanism
1) THE PRACTICE OF POWER IN THE POST-COLONIAL STATE
a. The Post-Colonial State b. Patronage, Clientalism and Neopatrimonialism c. Civil Society d. Political Regimes: Authoritarianism to Democracy
1) THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF STAGNATION AND DEVELOPMENT
a. Historical factors b. Structural factors c. Societal factors d. Adjustment and Aid e. Renaissance and Renewal?
1. CONFLICT AND SECURITY
a. Causal Arguments/Theories of War b. Peace and Conflict-Resolution
2. AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
a. Intra-African Relations b. b. Africa within the world