This book focuses on and examines the impact of cultural capital, political economy, social movements, and political consciousness on the potential development of substantive democracy in Botswana and Ethiopia. While explaining the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities for the development of democracy, Cultural Capital and Prospects for Democracy in Botswana and Ethiopia engages in defining democracy as a contested, open, and expanding concept through a comparative and historical examination. The book’s analysis employs interdisciplinary, multidimensional, comparative methods and critical approaches to examine the dynamic interplay among social structures, human agencies, cultural factors, and social movements. This comparative and historical study has required an examination of critical social history that looks at societal issues from the bottom up: specifically critical discourse and the particular world system approach, which deal with long-term and large-scale social changes.
Cultural Capital and Prospects for Democracy in Botswana and Ethiopia will be of interest to scholars and students of African politics, political theory, and democratization.
Table of Contents
2. The Contested and Expanding Meaning of Democracy
3. Social Movements and Egalitarian Democracy in Global Perspectives
4. Botswana: Cultural Capital, Colonial Legacy, and the Deficits of Democracy
5. Ethiopia: The Impacts of Authoritarianism, Colonialism, and Violence on the Development of Democracy
6. Precolonial Political Culture and Institutions in Botswana
7. Oromia: The Qerroo/Qarree Peaceful Movement for National Self-Determination and Democracy
8. Conclusion: Cultural Capital, Movements, and Transition to Democracy in Botswana, Oromia, and Ethiopia
Asafa Jalata is Professor of Sociology and Global and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.