Readings in African Politics

Readings in African Politics

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Readings in African Politics provides an overview of key topics and themes that collectively contribute to an understanding of politics in Africa. The selections included here come from a wide range of Western and non-Western sources and together represent core knowledge in the field of African politics. Topic areas covered are methods for appraising the modern African state, approaches to understanding African states and their politics, dimensions of regional conflict, conflict between traditional and modern values, the politics of new social forces, and the meaning of contemporary trends. An introductory essay by Tom Young sketches the terrain of politics in Africa from national and international efforts toward development to local problems such as corruption and ethnic conflict. Readers at all levels will find even-handed coverage of politics in sub-Saharan Africa's more than 30 states from the early years of independence to today.show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 203.2 x 234.2 x 18.5mm | 576.07g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 025321646X
  • 9780253216465
  • 2,033,363

About Tom Young

Tom Young is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: PrefaceNotes on ContributorsIntroduction Tom YoungPart 1. Appraising the Modern State1. A. Zolberg, The Party-State in Perspective from Creating Political Order: The Party States of West Africa2. Robert H. Bates, Rental Havens and Protective Shelters and The Origins of Political Marginalism from Markets and States in Tropical Africa3. Goran Hyden, Conditions of Governance, from No Shortcuts to Progress: African Development Management in Perspective4. Robert H. Jackson and C. G. Rosberg, Personal Rule: Theory and Practice in Africa, extract from Comparative Politics5. Robert Fatton, Jr., Bringing the Ruling Class Back In: Class, State, and Hegemony in Africa, from Comparative Politics6. Jean-Francois Bayart, The State, translated from "L'Etat" in Coulon and Martin, eds., Les Afriques Politiques7. Mahmood Mamdani, Conclusion: Linking the Urban and the Rural, from Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Colonialism8. Patrick Chabal and Jean-Pascal Daloz, The Instrumentalization of Disorder, from Africa Works: Disorder as Political InstrumentPart 2. Dimensions of Conflict9. Roy May, Internal Dimensions of Warfare in Chad, from Cambridge Anthropology10. M. Hall and Tom Young, Mozambique at War with Itself, from Confronting Leviathan: Mozambique Since Independence11. Toyin Falola, Confronting the State: Yakubu Yahaya and the Katsina Riot, 1991, from Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies12. Jon Abbink, Ritual and Political Forms of Violent Practice among the Suri of Southern Ethiopia, from Cahiers d'Etudes africaines13. Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga, The Spread of Political Violence in Congo-Brazzaville, from African AffairsPart 3. The Local and the Traditional14. Mitzi Goheen, Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs and Local Control: Negotiations over Land, Struggles over Meaning, from Africa15. John Hamer, Commensality, Pshow more

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