Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide: Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide

Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective, 1st Edition

By Jack Palmer


214 pages

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This book offers a novel sociological examination of the historical trajectories of Burundi and Rwanda. It challenges both the Eurocentric assumptions which have underpinned many sociological theorisations of modernity, and the notion that the processes of modernisation move gradually, if precariously, towards more peaceable forms of cohabitation within and between societies. Addressing these themes at critical historical junctures – precolonial, colonial and postcolonial – the book argues that the recent experiences of extremely violent social conflict in Burundi and Rwanda cannot be seen as an ‘object apart’ from the concerns of sociologists, as it is commonly presented. Instead, these experiences are situated within a specific route to and through modernity, one ‘entangled’ with Western modernity. A contribution to an emerging global historical sociology, Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory with interests in postcolonialism, historical sociology, multiple modernities and genocide.

Table of Contents



Part I

1. Genocide and Colonialism

2. Theorising the Multiplicity tf Modernity: Entangled Historical Routes to and through Modernity

Part II

3. Precolonial Burundi and Rwanda: A Historical Survey*

4. The Colonial Entanglement, 1905-1945: The Racialisation of Tradition.

5. Trajectories Towards Independence, 1945-1965: Multiple ‘Societal Self-Understandings’

6. Postcolonial Crisis and Genocide, 1965-1994: Traumas of Modernity.



About the Author

Jack Palmer is a teaching fellow in sociology at the University of Leeds. His research interests lie in theoretical debates concerning experiences, interpretations and trajectories of modernity, in the sociology of colonial-imperialism, and in genocide studies.

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Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory publishes rigorous scholarly work that re-discovers the relevance of social theory for contemporary times, demonstrating the enduring importance of theory for modern social issues. The series covers social theory in a broad sense, inviting contributions on both 'classical' and modern theory, thus encompassing sociology, without being confined to a single discipline. As such, work from across the social sciences is welcome, provided that volumes address the social context of particular issues, subjects, or figures and offer new understandings of social reality and the contribution of a theorist or school to our understanding of it. The series considers significant new appraisals of established thinkers or schools, comparative works or contributions that discuss a particular social issue or phenomenon in relation to the work of specific theorists or theoretical approaches. Contributions are welcome that assess broad strands of thought within certain schools or across the work of a number of thinkers, but always with an eye toward contributing to contemporary understandings of social issues and contexts.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General