The Dialectics of Oppression in Zaire

The Dialectics of Oppression in Zaire

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..". a truly authoritative source." Foreign Affairs..". a valuable book for policy makers, multinational corporations, international organizations, and scholars who are interested in state formation in post-colonial Africa." African Studies ReviewFocusing on what the Zairian state is and does, Schatzberg examines how scarcity and insecurity have become twin motors of a dialectic of oppression, resulting in coercion, corruption, exploitation, and fear."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 20mm | 539.77g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1M.
  • 0253317037
  • 9780253317032

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"[T]his book... [is] a highly valuable work on the political system of the Mobutu regime's Second Republic (1965-90)... Schatzberg's work is a significant contribution to this study." Developing Economies"show more

Table of contents

Preface Acronyms 1. Introduction 2. Triple Helix: State, Class, and Ethnicity in Africa 3. The State as Ear: Information, Coercion, and the Political Police 4. The State as Bandit: Armed Forces, Coercive Force 5. The State as Family, Mobutu as Father: Political Imagery 6. The Insecure State, I: Resistance Within--The Magistrature 7. The Insecure State, II: Resistance Without--Religious Groups 8. The Dialectics of Oppression Notes Bibliography Indexshow more