Reclaiming the Nation

Reclaiming the Nation : The Return of the National Question in Africa, Asia and Latin America

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This book compares the trajectories of states and societies in Africa, Asia and Latin America under neoliberalism, a time marked by serial economic crises, escalating social conflicts, the remilitarisation of North-South relations and the radicalisation of social and nationalist forces.

Sam Moyo and Paris Yeros bring together researchers and activists from the three continents to assess the state of national sovereignty and the challenges faced by popular movements today. They show that global integration has widened social and regional inequalities within countries, exacerbated ethnic, caste, and racial conflicts, and generally reduced the bureaucratic capacities of states to intervene in a defensive way. Moreover, inequalities between the countries of the South have also widened. These structural tensions have all contributed to several distinct political trajectories among states: from fracture and foreign occupation, to radicalisation and uncertain re-stabilisation.

This book redraws the debate on the political economy of the contemporary South and provides students of international studies with an important collection of readings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745330827
  • 9780745330822
  • 2,340,329

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Table of contents



1. The Fall and Rise of the National Question, by Sam Moyo & Paris Yeros

Part I: Africa

2. Rethinking Pan-Africanism, Nationalism and the New Regionalism, by Thandika Mkandawire

3. Nation-Building and State Fracture in Sudan, by Mahmood Mamdani

4. After Zimbabwe: State, Nation and Region in Africa, by Sam Moyo & Paris Yeros

Part II: Asia

5. Peripheral States in Asia under Neoliberalism and After, by Korkut Boratav

6. The National Question in India, by Sandeep Chachra

7. The Palestinian National Question: Settler-Colonialism and the International Power Regime, by Jamil Hilal

8. The National Question and the Unfinished Revolution in Nepal, by Hari Roka

9. Neoliberalism in Turkey, by Cem Somel

Part III: Latin America

10. Latin American Thinking on the State and Development: From Statelessness to Statelessness, by Atilio A. Boron

11. The National Question and the Autonomy of the State in Bolivia, by Lorgio Orellana Aillon

12. Kirchner's Argentina: In Search of a New International Presence, by Javier A. Vadell

13. State and Nation in Brazil: Old Questions, New Challenges, by Sebastiao C. Velasco e Cruz & Reginaldo C. Moraes

14. Cleavages in South America and the Role of Venezuela, by Rafael Villa

15. National States: Which Way Forward?, by Samir Amin

Notes on Contributors

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Review quote

'Provides a holistic and systematic investigation of the relevance of the National Question in the contemporary South. It is one of the finest collections to engage with the relevant issues at the current juncture' -- Praveen Jha, Centre for Economics Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India 'Provides essential clues to understand the present nature of the state in the periphery and to re-connect the South through all its dimensions' -- Gladys Lechini, Professor of International Relations, National University of Rosario, Argentina 'This book is about the new nationalist resurgence [against neo-liberalism]. It is the work of a committed and engaged scholarship, one which does not pretend to be neutral in the struggle between imperialism and the working people' -- Issa Shivji, Mwalimu Nyerere University Professor, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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About Sam Moyo

Sam Moyo (1954-2015), was Executive Director of the African Institute of Agrarian Studies, Harare, Zimbabwe, and President of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He published extensively on land, agrarian and environmental issues, and served as director on various boards of research networks and institutes in Africa. Among his various books are the co-edited volumes Reclaiming the Land (Zed, 2005) and Reclaiming the Nation (Pluto, 2011). Paris Yeros is Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Research Associate of the African Institute of Agrarian Studies. His books include the co-edited volumes Reclaiming the Land (Zed, 2005) and Reclaiming the Nation (Pluto, 2011).
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