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African Studies: History, Politics and Culture


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Contending Political Paradigms in Africa Rationality and the Politics of Democratization in Kenya and Zambia

Contending Political Paradigms in Africa: Rationality and the Politics of Democratization in Kenya and Zambia

1st Edition

By Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o
November 14, 2012

This book focuses on the politics of democratization in Africa, especially the strategic choices of the political elite, both incumbent and opposition within the context of transition politics. The decade 1990- 2000 saw a total of 78 top leadership elections involving 43 of the 48 sub-Saharan ...

The 'Civil Society' Problematique Deconstructing Civility and Southern Nigeria's Ethnic Radicalization

The 'Civil Society' Problematique: Deconstructing Civility and Southern Nigeria's Ethnic Radicalization

1st Edition

By Adedayo Oluwakayode Adekson
November 14, 2012

This volume deftly undertakes both a theoretical deconstruction of the concept of civil society (and related themes, including civility) and an empirical analysis of the radicalization process in Southern Nigeria ....

The Politics of Ethnic Nationalism Afrikaner Unity, the National Party and the Radical Right in Stellenbosch, 1934–1948

The Politics of Ethnic Nationalism: Afrikaner Unity, the National Party and the Radical Right in Stellenbosch, 1934–1948

1st Edition

By Joanne L. Duffy
November 14, 2012

The Politics of Ethnic Nationalism is the first significant local study of National Party and Afrikaner politics. By focusing on Stellenbosch as a university and a town, the book extends our understanding of the complex interaction between the GNP/HNP and various organizations of the radical right...

The Experience of Economic Redistribution The Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy in South Africa

The Experience of Economic Redistribution: The Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy in South Africa

1st Edition

By Clarence Tshitereke
September 10, 2012

This book provides an analysis of the country's political economy in transition. It documents the history of the gold mining industry's involvement in shaping the political landscape of South Africa, and shows the degree to which the political transition was induced to put in place a new mode of ...

Western-Educated Elites in Kenya, 1900-1963 The African American Factor

Western-Educated Elites in Kenya, 1900-1963: The African American Factor

1st Edition

By Jim C. Harper
September 10, 2012

Western-educated Elites in Kenya, proposes to conduct a critical examination of the emergence of the American-educated Kenyan elites (the Asomi) and their role in the nationalist movement and eventually their Africanization of the Civil and Private sectors in Kenya....

Balancing Written History with Oral Tradition The Legacy of the Songhoy People

Balancing Written History with Oral Tradition: The Legacy of the Songhoy People

1st Edition

By Hassimi Oumarou Maiga
July 27, 2012

By balancing written history with the African oral tradition, this book conceptualizes the integrations among diverse peoples of Africa and specifically among the Songhoy people. Drawing from a number of academic disciplines and original research that documents the oral and literate traditions of ...

The Yoruba Traditional Healers of Nigeria

The Yoruba Traditional Healers of Nigeria

1st Edition

By Mary Adekson
July 26, 2012

This work examines the counseling approaches and techniques used by Yoruba traditional healers of Nigeria. It also describes the functions performed by Yoruba traditional healers when they work within the Yoruba cultural milieu. The information elicited from Yoruba traditional healers through ...

African Discourse in Islam, Oral Traditions, and Performance

African Discourse in Islam, Oral Traditions, and Performance

1st Edition

By Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah
July 11, 2012

Through an engaged analysis of writers such as Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Niyi Osundare, and Tanure Ojaide and of African traditional oral poets like Omoekee Amao Ilorin and Mamman Shata Katsina, Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah develops an African indigenous discourse paradigm for interpreting and ...

Between the Lines Africa in Western Spirituality, Philosophy, and Literary Theory

Between the Lines: Africa in Western Spirituality, Philosophy, and Literary Theory

1st Edition

By A. Lassissi Odjo
July 05, 2012

Africa’s history has been misrepresented by the outside world, especially by the Judeo-Christian West. An awareness of such a bias in historiographical discourse explains much of the difficulty Africans and peoples of African descent have in formulating a viable identity in intellectual discourse. ...

Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt A Study in Classical African Ethics

Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics

1st Edition

By Maulana Karenga
June 28, 2012

This work is a critical examination of Maat, the moral ideal in ancient Egypt. It seeks to present Maat in the language of modern moral discourse while at the same time preserving and building on its distinctiveness as a moral ideal capable of inspiring and maintaining ethical philosophic ...

Mobutu's Totalitarian Political System An Afrocentric Analysis

Mobutu's Totalitarian Political System: An Afrocentric Analysis

1st Edition

By Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana
June 28, 2012

Mobutu's political system, inaugurated in 1965 and lasting more than three decades, met all the characteristics of totalitarianism. This study shows that the failures and misdeeds of Mobutu's system were clear evidence that it lacked an African-centred vision and did not put the interests of the ...

Social Movements and Democracy in Africa The Impact of Women's Struggles for Equal Rights in Botswana

Social Movements and Democracy in Africa: The Impact of Women's Struggles for Equal Rights in Botswana

1st Edition

By Agnes Ngoma Leslie
June 28, 2012

This book examines social movements in Africa, analyzing how they emerge and how they may impact public policy, the legal and political situation, and the society by focusing on the following question: How do women's political and legal rights get extended and institutionalized in a patriarchal ...

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