African Studies Review

African Studies Review is a multi-disciplinary scholarly journals that publishes original research and analyses of Africa three times annually. African Studies Review also includes book reviews.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, April

Africa and the World Trading System/Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda
Ademola Oyejide and William Lyakurwa, eds. Africa and the World Trading System. Volume 1: Selected Issues of the Doha Agenda. Trenton, N.J., and Asmara: Africa World Press, 2005. iii + 395 pp. Tables. Notes. References. Index. $29.95. Paper.Edited by...
Africa. A Short History
HISTORY Robert O. Collins. Africa. A Short History. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2005. 250 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. $68.95 Cloth. $24.95 Paper.In reviewing a one-volume history of Africa, one has to stand in awe at the courageous...
African Households: Censuses and Surveys
Etienne van de Walle, ed. African Households: Censuses and Surveys. Amonk, N.Y, and London: M.E. Sharpe, 2006. xxxix + 247 pp. Figures. Maps. Tables. References. Index. $104.95. Cloth.Peter Laslett first showed us the sociological information available...
African Mud Cloth. the Bogolanfini Art Tradition of Gneli Traoré of Mali
LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS Pascal James Imperato. African Mud Cloth. The Bogolanfini Art Tradition of Gneli Traore of Mali. Manhasset, N.Y.: Kilima House Publishers/Tenafly, N.J.: The African Art Museum of the S.M.A. Fathers, 2006. xvi + 103...
Africa's New Territorial Politics: Regionalism and the Open Economy in Côte d'Ivoire
Abstract:This paper considers implications of the neoliberal shift for forms of national integration that were achieved during the era of state-led development. These national integration strategies (1960s-1980s) helped define and manage regional competition...
A Future for Africa: Critical Essays in Christian Social Imagination
Emmanuel M. Katongole. A Future for Africa: Critical Essays in Christian Social Imagination. Scranton, Pa.: The University of Scranton Press, 2005. xix + 264 pp. Bibliography. Index. $25.00. Paper.Fundamental conceptual frameworks are changing in many...
Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Newsman
Geoffrey Nyarota. Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Newsman. Cape Town: Zebra Press, 2006. Distributed by New Holland Publishing, Cape Town; www.zebrapress.co.za xvi + 352 pp. Photographs. Index. $29.95. Paper.Against the Grain honors ordinary...
An African Trading Empire: The Story of Susman Brothers and Wulfsohn, 1901-2005
Hugh Macmillan. An African Trading Empire: The Story of Susman Brothers and Wulfsohn, 1901-2005. London and New York: LB. Tauris, 2005. Distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, New York, ii + 492 pp. Maps. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $74.95. Cloth.In...
Augustin Cyiza: Un Homme Libre Au Rwanda
T. Cruvellier et al. Augustin Cyiza: un homme libre au Rwanda. Paris: Karthala, 2004. 217 pp. Photographs. Figure. Annexes. euro18. Paper.Much has been written on Rwanda over the last dozen years, but the focus has almost exclusively been on the violence...
Brickyards to Graveyards: From Production to Genocide in Rwanda
BOOK REVIEWS ON THE GREAT LAKES CRISIS Villia Jefremovas. Brickyards to Graveyards: From Production to Genocide in Rwanda. Albany, N.Y: State University of New York Press, 2002. xi + 162 pp. Illustrations. Maps. Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography....
Challenging Nature: Local Knowledge, Agroscience, and Food Security in Tanga Region, Tanzania
Philip Porter. Challenging Nature: Local Knowledge, Agroscience, and Food Security in Tanga Region, Tanzania. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. xi + 318 pp. Tables. Figures. Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $55.00. Cloth.This...
Children at Work: Child Labor Practices in Africa
GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Anne Kielland and Maurizia Tovo. Children at Work: Child Labor Practices in Africa. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 2006. xi + 191 pp. Tables. Figures. Photographs. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Paper. $22.50....
Christianity and Social Change in Africa. Essays in Honor of J. D. Y. Peel
Toyin Falola, ed. Christianity and Social Change in Africa. Essays in Honor of J. D. Y. Peel. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2005. 696 pp. Figures. Photographs. Notes. Bibliographies. Index. $65.00. Cloth.The title of this book should perhaps...
"Civil Disorder Is the Disease of Ibadan": Chieftaincy and Civic Culture in a Yoruba City
Ruth Watson. "Civil Disorder Is the Disease of Ibadan": Chieftaincy and Civic Culture in a Yoruba City. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2003. xii + 180 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Cloth. $22.95. Paper."The past is always political" is...
Commentary on "Framing Reparations Claims: Differences between the African and Jewish Social Movements for Reparations"
Comment by Victor T. Le VineEmeritus, Washington University in St. LouisFirst, in the interest of full disclosure and in deference to the authors of this essay, I admit to having reviewed the article last year and advising the editors of the African...
Conspiracy to Murder
Linda Melvern. Conspiracy to Murder. New York: Verso, 2006. 380 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $18.00. Paper.In Conspiracy to Murder, Linda Melvern offers a highly readable account of the 1994 Rwanda genocide that draws on, and synthesizes, a wide range...
Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND GLOBALIZATION J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins, Darfur: The Long Road to Disaster. Princeton, N.J.: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2006. xix + 340 pp. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $88.95. Cloth. $28.95. Paper.When...
Fipa Families: Reproduction and Catholic Evangelization in Nkansi, Ufipa, 1880-1960
Kathleen R. Smythe. Fipa Families: Reproduction and Catholic Evangelization in Nkansi, Ufipa, 1880-1960. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2006. xxx + 202 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $89.95. Cloth. $29.95. Paper.Blinkers have their value, excluding...
Framing Reparations Claims: Differences between the African and Jewish Social Movements for Reparations
(Editors' note: Our panel of peer reviewers sustained strikingly divergent views of the original version of this article, so we thought we would bring to the readers of the ASR some of the issues signaled by our initial reviewers. We sent the manuscript...
Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa
Francis B. Nyamnjoh. Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa. Dakar, Senegal: CODESRIA/London: Zed Books, 2006. Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan, New York, x + 273 pp. Notes. References. Index....
Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide/Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines
Scott Straus and Robert Lyons. Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide. New York: Zone Books, 2006. 185 pp. Illustrations. Map. Glossary. $37.95. Cloth. Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer. Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native's Memoir...
Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance
Bayo Ogunjimi and Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah. Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2005. xxi + 256 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper.This volume is basically a primer on the study of African...
Is a New Worldwide Web Possible? an Explorative Comparison of the Use of ICTs by Two South African Social Movements
Abstract:In this article the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), especially new media technologies such as e-mail and the Internet, by postapartheid South African social movements is explored. Following a discussion of the use of...
Is It Ethical to Study Africa? Preliminary Thoughts on Scholarship and Freedom
(Editors' note: The author was honored by the African Studies Association by being invited to give the Bashorun M. K. O Abiola Lecture at the 49th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in November 2006 in San Francisco. The article that follows...
Jua Kali's Voyage on the Jade Sea/The Cruelest Journey: 600 Miles to Timbuktu
MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHY Ian Parker. Jua Kali's Voyage on the Jade Sea. Moray, Scotland: Librario Publishing Ltd., 2004. xi + 228 pp. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Index. Appendix. £21.00. Cloth.Kira Salak. The Crudest Journey: 600 Miles to Timbuktu. Washington,...
Legacies of Power: Leadership Change and Former Presidents in African Politics
Roger Southall and Henning Melber, eds. Legacies of Power: Leadership Change and Former Presidents in African Politics. Cape Town: HSRC Press/Uppsala: Nordic Afrikainstitutet, 2006. xxvi + 350 pp. Tables. Notes. References. Index. $24.95. Paper.Drawing...
Life Skills, Sexual Maturation and Sanitation: What's (Not) Happening in Our Schools? an Exploratory Study from Kenya
Peter Mutunga and Julie Stewart. Life Skills, Sexual Maturation and Sanitation: What's (Not) Happening in Our Schools? An Exploratory Study from Kenya. Harare: Weaver Press/University of Zimbabwe, Women's Law Centre, 2003. Distributed by African Books...
Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak
Jean Hatzfeld. Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005/Picador, 2006. Translated by Linda Coverdale. Preface by Susan Sontag. xiv + 253 pp. Maps. Chronology of Events. Photograph. Index. $24.00. Cloth. $14.00....
Makers and Breakers: Children and Youth in Postcolonial Africa
Alcinda Honwana and Filip De Boeck, eds. Makers and Breakers: Children and Youth in Postcolonial Africa. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2005. xii + 244 pp. Photographs. References. Index. $29.95. Paper.Makers and Breakers fills several important...
Making Men in Ghana
WOMEN AND GENDER Stephan F. Miescher, Making Men in Ghana. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. xxxii + 320 pp. Photographs. Map. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.In the expansive literature on personal life narratives...
Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life. 2nd edition/A Prisoner in the Garden: Photos, Letters, and Notes from Nelson Mandela's 27 Years in Prison
Charlene Smith. Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life. 2nd edition. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2003. 184 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $35.00. Cloth.Nelson Mandela Foundation. A Prisoner in the Garden: Photos, Letters, and Notes from Nelson...
Myths and Realities in the Distribution of Socioeconomic Resources and Political Power in Ethiopia
Kasahun Woldemariam. Myths and Realities in the Distribution of Socioeconomic Resources and Political Power in Ethiopia. New York: University Press of America, 2006. 304 pp. Figures. Tables. Illustrations. Appendix. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. $39.95....
Never Be Silent: Publishing and Imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963
Shiraz Durrani. Never Be Silent: Publishing and Imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963. London: Vita Books/Mau Mau Research Centre, 2006. xi + 272 pp. Bibliography. Index. £20.00. Paper.African historians in Kenya have long been familiar with Uhuru and the...
Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community/Walking a Tightrope: Towards a Social History of the Coloured Community of Zimbabwe
Mohamed Adhikari. Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005. xv + 252 pp. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. $24.00. Paper.James Muzondidya. Walking a Tightrope: Towards...
Of Global Concern: Rural Livelihood Dynamics and Natural Resource Governance
Kjell Havnevik, Tekeste Negash, and Atakilte Beyene, eds. Of Global Concern: Rural Livelihood Dynamics and Natural Resource Governance. Stockholm: SIDA, 2006. 263 pp. Tables. Figures. References. Appendix. Annex. List of acronyms. No price reported....
Political Transition without Transformation: The Dialectic of Liberalization without Democratization in Kenya and Zambia
Abstract:The decade from 1990 to 2000 saw a total of seventy-eight top leadership elections involving forty-three of the forty-eight sub-Saharan African countries. Of these, only twenty-one elections led to power transition from an incumbent to an opposition...
Recherches Archéologiques À Dia Dans le Delta Intérieur Du Niger (Mali): Bilan Des Saisons De Fouilles 1998-2003
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY R. Bedaux et al., eds. Recherches archéologiques à Dia dans le Delta intérieur du Niger (Mali): bilan des saisons de fouilles 1998-2003. Leiden: CNWS Publications, 2005. Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies....
Rwanda 1994. Les Politiques Du Génocide À Butare
André Guichaoua. Rwanda 1994. Les politiques du génocide à Butare. Paris: Editions Karthala, 2005. 479 pp. Maps. Annexes. Index. euro32. Paper.On April 6, 1994, following the assassination of President Habyarimana, mass murder became the law of the land...
Rwanda: L'histoire secrète/Noires Fureurs, Blancs Menteurs
REVIEW ESSAY:CONTROVERSY WITHIN THE CATACLYSMLieutenant Abdul Joshua Ruzibiza. Rwanda: L'histoire secrète. Paris: Editions du Panama, 2005. 494 pp. Maps. euro22. Paper.Pierre Péan. Noires fureurs, blancs menteurs. Paris: Mille et Une Nuits, 2005. 544...
Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region
Gilbert M. Khadiagala, ed. Security Dynamics in Africa's Great Lakes Region. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 2006. A Project of the International Peace Academy, xii + 229 pp. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Cloth. $19.95. Paper.This edited volume makes a...
Servants of the Sharia: The Civil Register of the Qadis' Court of Brava, 1893-1900
Alessandra Vianello and Mohamed M. Kassim, eds. Servants of the Sharia: The Civil Register of the Qadis' Court ofBrava, 1893-1900. 2 volumes. Leiden: Brill, 2006. xviii + 2185 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Appendixes. Glossary. Bibliography. General Index....
Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links
DIASPORA Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005 xxii + 225 pp. Illustrations. Photographs. Figures. Tables. Maps. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography....
South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation
James J. Hentz. South Africa and the Logic of Regional Cooperation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. xii + 276 pp. Map. Tables. Photographs. Figures. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.As part of its foreign relations, the...
The African AIDS Epidemic: A History/AIDS in Nigeria: A Nation on the Threshold
HEALTH AND DISEASE John Iliffe. The African AIDS Epidemic: A History. Athens: Ohio University Press/Oxford: James Currey/Cape Town: Double Storey Books, 2006. ix + 214 pp. Maps. Notes. Index. $24.95. Paper.Olusoji Adeyi et al., eds. AIDS in Nigeria:...
The African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources
BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND REFERENCE WORKS Hans M. Zell, ed. The African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources. 4th edition. Lochcarron, Scotland: Hans Zell Publishing, 2006. 833 pp. Index. $296.00. Cloth.The fourth edition of The African Studies...
The History of Black Mineworkers in South Africa/Mining in South Africa and the Genesis of Apartheid, 1871-1948/apartheid, Repression and Dissent in the Mines, 1948-1982/organize or Die
V. L. Allen. The History of Black Mineworkers in South Africa. London: Merlin Press, 2005. Bibliograpy. Index. Volume 1; Mining in South Africa and the Genesis of Apartheid, 1871-1948. xx + 491 pp. £40.00. Cloth. Volume 2: Apartheid, Repression and Dissent...
The Languages and Literatures of Africa
Alain Ricard. The Languages and Literatures of Africa. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2004/Oxford: James Currey, n.d. x + 230 pp. Photographs. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $29.95. Paper.What speaks for this book, evidendy, is the broad experience in...
The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa
John S. Saul. The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa. Toronto: Between the Lines/Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press/New York: Monthly Review Press/London: The Merlin Press, 2005; 341 pp. Index....
The Politics of AIDS in Africa
Amy S. Patterson. The Politics of AIDS in Africa. Boulder. Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006. xii + 226 pp. Maps. Charts. Bibliography. Index. $52.00. Cloth. $19.95. Paper.Africa currently bears the brunt of HIV and AIDS. While twenty-five million...
Tongnaab: The History of a West African God
RELIGION Jean Aliman and John Parker. Tongnaab: The History of a West African God. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. xi + 299 pages. Maps. Photographs. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.As the subtitle makes...
"To Subsidise My Income": Urban Farming in an East African Town
ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT Dick Foeken. "To Subsidise My Income": Urban Farming in an East African Town. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006. Copyright by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, xvi + 224 pp. Maps. Photographs. Tables. Annexes. Footnotes....
Unsung Heroes and Heroines: The Role of People and Organizations in South Africa's Liberation Struggle
UNSUNG HEROES AND HEROINES: THE ROLE OF PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA'S LIBERATION STRUGGLEBen Turok Nothing But the Truth: Behind the ANC's Struggle Politics. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2003. 314 pp. Photographs....