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Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Revisionism in Postcolonial Africa
The Case of Mozambique, 1975-1994





ISBN 9781138867970
Published March 31, 2015 by Routledge
424 Pages

 
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This groundbreaking study investigates defining themes in the field of social memory studies as they bear on the politics of post-Cold-War, post-apartheid Southern Africa. Alice Dinerman offers a detailed chronicle of the Mozambican government’s attempts to revise the country's troubled postcolonial past with a view to negotiating the political challenges posed by the present. In doing so, she lays bare the path-dependence of memory practices, while tracing their divergent trajectories, shifting meanings and varied combinations within ruling discourse and performance.

Central themes include:

  • the interplay between past and present
  • the dialectic between remembering and forgetting
  • the dynamics between popular and official memory discourses
  • the politics of acknowledgement.

Dinerman’s original analysis is essential reading for students of modern Africa, the sociology of memory, Third World politics and post-conflict societies.

Table of Contents

List of Maps  Acknowledgments  Glossary and Acronyms  Notes on Terminology, Orthography and Currency  Prologue: The Making and Unmaking of the Namapa Naparamas  1. Myth as a ‘Meaning-making’ Device in Post-Independence Mozambique  2. Aspects of Precolonial and Colonial Nampula  3. From ‘Abaixo’ to ‘Chiefs of Production’, 1975-1987  4. The Context, 1987-1994  5. Multipartyism, the Retraditionalization of Local Administration and the Apparent Duplication of State Authority: The Case of Nampula Province  6. Labor, Tribute and Authority  7. In the Name of the State  8. Roots, Routes and Rootlessness: Ruling Political Practice and Mozambican Studies  Bibliography

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