Rethinking African Politics

Author: Miles Larmer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317064410
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Rethinking African Politics. In 1964 Kenneth Kaunda and his United National Independence Party (UNIP) government established the nation of Zambia in the former British colony of Northern Rhodesia. In parallel with many other newly independent countries in Africa this process of decolonisation created a wave of optimism regarding humanity's capacity to overcome oppression and poverty. Yet, as this study shows, in Zambia as in many other countries, the legacy of colonialism created obstacles that proved difficult to overcome. Within a short space of time democratisation and development was replaced by economic stagnation, political authoritarianism, corruption and ethnic and political conflict. To better understand this process, Dr Larmer explores UNIP's political ideology and the strategies it employed to retain a grip on government. He shows that despite the party's claim that it adhered to an authentically African model of consensual and communitarian decision-making, it was never a truly nationally representative body. Whereas in long-established Western societies unevenness in support was accepted as a legitimate basis for party political difference, in Zambia this was regarded as a threat to the fragile bindings of the young nation state, and as such had to be denied and repressed. This led to the declaration of a one-party state, presented as the logical expression of UNIP supremacy but it was in fact a reflection of its weakening grip on power. Through case studies of opposition political and social movements rooted in these differences, the book demonstrates that UNIP's control of the new nation-state was partial, uneven and consistently prone to challenge. Alongside this, the study also re-examines Zambia's role in the regional liberation struggles, providing valuable new evidence of the country's complex relations with Apartheid-era South Africa and the relationship between internal and external opposition, shaped by the context of regional liberation movements and the Cold War. Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews, Dr Larmer offers a ground-breaking analysis of post-colonial political history which helps explain the challenges facing contemporary African polities.

Rethinking African Development

Author: Lual Acuek Lual Deng
Publisher: Africa World Press
ISBN: 9780865436084
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Rethinking African Development. This book is a critical review of the theory and practice of development in Africa during the period 1965-1994. The author identifies six leading issues in African development: economic reform; democratization; environmental degradation; poverty reduction; indebtedness; and civil strife. By way of addressing these leading issues, Dr. Deng calls for the formulation of an African model of sustainable development, which would ensure consistency between development policy and African thought, heritage and institutions. Deng proposes on integrative African model of sustainable development, which consists of four key elements - consensual democratic system of governance; agriculture-led economic growth; social integration; and ecological harmony.

Political Domination In Africa

Author: Patrick Chabal
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521311489
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Political Domination In Africa. This collection of essays brings together historians and political scientists from Britain, France and the United States, who, from widely differing perspectives and traditions, have been involved in the process of rethinking African politics. They present here the outline of a new approach, grounded in universal political theory rather than on theories of Third World political development. This seeks to integrate the history of Africa (from pre- to post-colonial) with concepts of political theory as they have been applied historically to the analysis of Europe and America. The book addresses a wide audience: students of African history and politics, of Third World development and of political theory.

Rethinking African Cultural Production

Author: Kenneth W. Harrow
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253016037
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Rethinking African Cultural Production. Frieda Ekotto, Kenneth W. Harrow, and an international group of scholars set forth new understandings of the conditions of contemporary African cultural production in this forward-looking volume. Arguing that it is impossible to understand African cultural productions without knowledge of the structures of production, distribution, and reception that surround them, the essays grapple with the shifting notion of what "African" means when many African authors and filmmakers no longer live or work in Africa. While the arts continue to flourish in Africa, addressing questions about marginalization, what is center and what periphery, what traditional or conservative, and what progressive or modern requires an expansive view of creative production.

Rethinking Africa S Globalization

Author: Tiyambe Zeleza
Publisher: Africa World Pr
ISBN:
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Rethinking Africa S Globalization . Offering a powerful and probing critique of the myths, meanings, promises and perils of globalisation, post-colonialism and other currently popular discourses, this book challenges misrepresentations and misappropriations of Africa in academic texts and in the media and reaffirms the importance of progressive nationalism, Pan-Africanism and internationalism for Africa's reconstruction.

Dethroning The Deceitful Pork Chop

Author: Jennifer Jensen Wallach
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 1610755685
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Dethroning The Deceitful Pork Chop. 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title The fifteen essays collected in Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop utilize a wide variety of methodological perspectives to explore African American food expressions from slavery up through the present. The volume offers fresh insights into a growing field beginning to reach maturity. The contributors demonstrate that throughout time black people have used food practices as a means of overtly resisting white oppression—through techniques like poison, theft, deception, and magic—or more subtly as a way of asserting humanity and ingenuity, revealing both cultural continuity and improvisational finesse. Collectively, the authors complicate generalizations that conflate African American food culture with southern-derived soul food and challenge the tenacious hold that stereotypical black cooks like Aunt Jemima and the depersonalized Mammy have on the American imagination. They survey the abundant but still understudied archives of black food history and establish an ongoing research agenda that should animate American food culture scholarship for years to come.

African Intellectuals

Author: Thandika Mkandawire
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN: 9781842776216
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African Intellectuals. Compared with Asia or Latin America, Africa has experienced much higher rates of emigration of its intelligentsia to North America and Europe, and frequent displacement within the continent. This rare overview of the history, fate and future roles explores their relationship to nationalism and the Pan African project; the indigenous language of African intellectuals; women intellectuals; and the role of the expanding African academic diaspora.

Rethinking The African Diaspora

Author: Edna G. Bay
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135310661
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Rethinking The African Diaspora. As a result of new research, we can now paint a more complex picture of peoples and cultures in the south Atlantic, from the earliest period of the slave trade up to the present. The nine papers in this volume indicate that a dynamic and continuous movement of peoples east as well as west across the Atlantic forged diverse and vibrant re-inventions and re-interpretations of the rich mix of cultures represented by Africans and peoples of African descent on both continents.

Chaotic Justice Large Print 16pt

Author: John Ernest
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 145875555X
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Chaotic Justice Large Print 16pt . What is African American about African American literature? Why identify it as a distinct tradition? John Ernest contends that too often scholars have relied on nave concepts of race, superficial conceptions of African American history, and the marginalization of important strains of black scholarship. With this book, he creates a new and just retelling of African American literary history that neither ignores nor transcends racial history. Ernest revisits the work of nineteenth-century writers and activists such as Henry ''Box'' Brown, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Wilson, William Wells Brown, and Sojourner Truth, demonstrating that their concepts of justice were far more radical than those imagined by most white sympathizers. He sheds light on the process of reading, publishing, studying, and historicizing this work during the twentieth century. Looking ahead to the future of the field, Ernest offers new principles of justice that grant fragmented histories, partial recoveries, and still-unprinted texts the same value as canonized works. His proposal is both a historically informed critique of the field and an invigorating challenge to present and future scholars.