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. 49, No. 2, September

Africa's Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging/Politics and Persuasion: Media Coverage of Zimbabwe's 2000 Election/The Press and Political Culture in Ghana
MEDIA IN AFRICAFrancis Nyamnjoh. Africa's Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging. London: Zed Books, 2005. 308 pp. References. Index. $29.95. Paper.Ragnar Waldahl. Politics and Persuasion: Media Coverage of Zimbabwe's 2000 Election Harare: Weaver...
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Allochthons, Colonizers, and Scroungers: Exclusionary Populism in Belgium
Abstract:This article analyzes the growth of autochthony in Belgium as an example of the increasing popularity of autochthony discourses in Western Europe. Autochthony discourses, which try to reserve the benefits of the welfare state to those who are...
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Apartheid South Africa and African States: From Pariah to Middle Power, 1961-1994
Roger Pfister. Apartheid South Africa and African States: From Pariah to Middle Power, 1961-1994. London: Tauris Academic Studies, 2005. xvi + 248 pp. Map. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index. $69.50. Cloth.Political scientists have long questioned whether...
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Autochthony and the Crisis of Citizenship: Democratization, Decentralization, and the Politics of Belonging
Abstract:The recent upsurge of "autochthony" and similar notions of belonging is certainly not special to Africa. All over the world, processes of intensifying globalization seem to go together with fierce struggles over belonging and exclusion of "strangers."...
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Bailleurs Autochtones et Locataires Allogènes: Enjeu Foncier et Participation Politique Au Cameroun
Abstract:Indigenous Lessors and Non-native Tenants: Land at Stake and Political Engagement in CameroonIn the 1990s in Cameroon, as elsewhere in Africa, the democratization process and multiparty politics reinforced local identities and gave rise to an...
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Baka and the Magic of the State: Between Autochthony and Citizenship
Abstract:While Baka "Pygmies" are regarded as among Africa's most indigenous peoples, their autochthony seems lacking in features that would give them standing for special consideration by the state. Somehow, indigenousness does not equal autochthony....
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Bogolanfini Mud Cloth
Sam Hilu and Irwin Mersey. Bogolanfini Mud Cloth. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005. 160 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. $49.95. Cloth.This beautifully produced, large-format volume presents one of the most comprehensive visual documentations...
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Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History
HISTORY Frederick Cooper. Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. xii + 327. Index. $19.95. Paper.With what could be called his "state of colonial historiography address," Frederick Cooper...
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Concubines and Power: Five Hundred Years in a Northern Nigerian Palace
WOMEN & GENDER Heidi Nast. Concubines and Power: Five Hundred Years in a Northern Nigerian Palace. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 288 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $68.95. Cloth. $22.95. Paper.We have Orientalism...
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Imperial Gullies: Soil Erosion and Conservation in Lesotho
GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, DEMOGRAPHYKate B. Showers. Imperial Gullies: Soil Erosion and Conservation in Lesotho. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005. xxix + 346 pp. Photographs. Maps. Figures. Tables. Diagrams. Bibliography. Index. No price reported. Cloth.Kate...
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Managing Mobility in African Rangelands: The Legitimization of Transhumance
Maryam Niamir-Fuller, ed. Managing Mobility in African Rangelands: The Legitimization of Transhumance. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, 1999. xiv + 314. Bibliography. Index. $29.95. Paper.Published seven years ago, this volume remains relevant...
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Ouidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving "Port," 1727-1892
Robin Law. Ouidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving "Port," 1727-1892. Athens: Ohio University Press/Oxford: James Currey, 2004. vii + 308 pp. Maps. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Cloth. $29.95. Paper.Robin Law's Ouidah, the latest...
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Sons of Which Soil? the Language and Politics of Autochthony in Eastern D.R. Congo
Abstract:The recent wars in the DR Congo have led to a marked upsurge in both elite and popular discourse and violence around belonging and exclusion, expressed through the vernacular of "autochthony." Dangerously flexible in its politics, nervous and...
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Suffering for Territory: Race, Place, and Power in Zimbabwe
ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY Donald S. Moore. Suffering For Territory: Race, Place, and Power in Zimbabwe. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2005. 424 pp. Photographs. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $23.95. Paper.Suffering for Territory is one of those...
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The Beat of My Drum: An Autobiography
LITERATURE & THE ARTS Babatunde Olatunji, with Robert Atkinson. The Beat of My Drum: An Autobiography. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005. vii + 247 pp. Photographs. Index. $68.50. Cloth. $23.95. Paper.The Beat of My Drum is not focused...
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The War of "Who Is Who": Autochthony, Nationalism, and Citizenship in the Ivoirian Crisis
Abstract:Over the past four years the Ivoirian crisis has seen as its central dynamic the mobilization of the categories of autochthony and territorialized belonging in an ultranationalist discourse vehicled by the party in power. More than just a struggle...
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Transplants and Transients: Idioms of Belonging and Dislocation in Inner-City Johannesburg
Abstract:South Africa's economic and political liberalization have engendered new patterns of immigration and urbanization that find South Africans and foreign migrants converging on the streets of inner-city Johannesburg. As they interact, citizens...
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Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate/Endgame in the Western Sahara: What Future for Africa's Last Colony?
WESTERN SAHARA: LINES IN THE SAND Erik Jensen. Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate. Boulder, CoIo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005. 179 pp. Maps. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index. $15.95. Paper.Toby Shelley. Endgame in the Western Sahara: What Future...
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Why the Boers Lost the War
Leopold Scholtz. Why the Boers Lost the War. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. xiv + 202. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $80.00. Cloth.Even posing the question of why the Afrikaners (Boers) of the twin republics of the Transvaal and Orange Free State in...
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Zero Tolerance: Public Sector Corruption in Ghana
POLITICS lddrisu Haruna. Zero Tolerance: Public sector Corruption in Ghana. Accra: I. Haruna, 2003. xv + 130 pp. No price reported. Paper.In a book to be lauded for its bravery and outspokenness, lddrisu Haruna attacks the open secret of high and deep...
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