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Africa’s Big Men

Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, 1st Edition

Edited by Kenneth Kalu, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Toyin Falola


272 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book spotlights, analyzes and explains varying forms and patterns of state-society relations on the African continent, taking as point of departure the complexities created by the emergence, proliferation and complicated interactions of so-called ‘big men’ across Africa's fifty-four states. The contributors interrogate the evolution of Africa’s big men; the role of the big men in Africa’s political and economic development; and the relationship between the state, the big men and the citizens.

Throughout the chapters the contributors engage with a number of questions from different disciplinary and methodological orientations. How did these states evolve to exhibit various deformities in their composition, functioning and in their relations with the societies that they govern? What roles did Atlantic and other slavery and European colonialism play in creating states that are unable to display the right and good relationships with citizens in civil society? Why did these forms of predatory state-society relations continue to thrive in Africa after the end of Atlantic slave trade and subsequent colonialism? Why did the emerging African leaders at independence fail to effectively dismantle the structures of exploitation and expropriation that were the defining features of slavery and colonialism? Who are Africa’s ‘big men’, and what are their trajectories?

This book is essential reading for all students and scholars of African politics, public policy and administration, political economy, and democratisation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Kenneth E. Kalu, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola

Section A: Citizens, Citizenship, and State-Society Relations

Chapter 1: The Postcolonial African State and its Citizens

Kenneth E. Kalu

Chapter 2: Africa’s "Big Men" and the African State

Kenneth E. Kalu

Chapter 3: Women, Inclusive Citizenship and the African State

Cheryl O’Brien and Adryan Wallace

Chapter 4: Women’s Political Empowerment and the Politics of Citizenship in Nigeria and Tanzania

Olajide O. Akanji

Chapter 5: Digital Citizenship in Africa’s Fractured Social Order

Ogbonna Emmanuel Chijioke

Section B: Civil Society, Identities, and Big Men

Chapter 6: Civil Society and the African State

Alex Ng’oma

Chapter 7: Youth and Big Men Politics

Ngozi Nwogwugwu

Chapter 8: Culture and Religion in Africa: Social Transformation and Tools for Exploitation

Susan Kilonzo

Chapter 9: Pastocracy: Performing Pentecostal Politics in Africa

Abimbola Adunni Adelakun

Chapter 10: Ethnic Identity Politics and the Sustenance of Africa’s Predatory State

Gashawbeza W. Bekele and Adebayo Oyebade

Section C: Democratic Impact of Predatory State-Society Relations

Chapter 11: Accountability Theory and Democracy in Nigeria

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Adigun Agbaje

Chapter 12: State-Society Relations and Nature of Economic Growth in Africa

Samuel Zalanga

Chapter 13: The Social Impact of Africa’s Predatory State-Society Relations

Samuel Oloruntoba

Chapter 14: Africa’s "Big Men" in the Continent’s Democratic Experiments

Toochi Aniche

About the Editors

Kenneth Kalu is Assistant Professor at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He was most recently a Visiting Research Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Babcock University, Nigeria.

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, USA.

About the Series

Global Africa

This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.

This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.

Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.

For submissions and enquiries, please contact:

Toyin Falola: [email protected]

Roy Doron: [email protected]

Leanne Hinves: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct