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. 46, No. 2, September

Africa's Inland Fisheries: The Management Challenge
Kim Gehab and Marie-Therese Sarch, eds. Africa's Inland Fisheries: The Management Challenge. Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2002. Distributed by African Books Collective Ltd., The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford 0X1 1HU. 280 pp. Tables. Maps....
A History of Africa/The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800
J. D. Fage and William Todoroff. A History of Africa. 4th Edition. London/New York: Routledge, 2002. xi + 653 pp. Illustrations. Tables. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $28.95. Paper.Christopher Ehret. The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800. Charlottesville:...
Aid and Poverty Reduction in Zambia: Mission Unaccomplished
Oliver Saasa with Jerker Carlsson. Aid and Poverty Reduction in Zambia: Mission Unaccomplished. Uppsala, Sweden: The Nordic African Institute, 2002. 141 pp. Bibliography. No price reported. Paper.A little more than four decades ago, African countries...
Apartheid's Landscape and Ideas: A Scorched Soul
Alan Schwerin. Apartheid's Landscape and Ideas: A Scorched Soul. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2001. xv + 318 pp. Photographs. Appendixes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. No price reported. Cloth.Alan Schwerin was appointed lecturer...
Black Death, White Medicine: Bubonic Plague and the Politics of Public Health in Colonial Senegal, 1914-1945
Myron Echenberg. Black Death, White Medicine: Bubonic Plague and the Politics of Public Health in Colonial Senegal, 1914-1945. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. xviii + 303 pp. Glossary. Illustrations. Photographs. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. $69.95....
Children of AIDS: Africa's Orphan Crisis
Emma Guest. Children of AIDS: Africa's Orphan Crisis. Sterling, Va.: Pluto Press, 2001. 176 pp. Notes. Index. $29.95. Cloth.When I first saw Guest's book, I had the same reaction to its topic as the one experienced by people who encountered Guest while...
Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission/Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Miracle or Model?
Deborah Posel and Graeme Simpson, eds. Commissioning the Past: Understanding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 2002. Notes. Index. 256 pp. No price reported. Paper.Lyn S. Graybill. Truth...
Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus
GENERAL George C. Bond and Nigel C. Gibson, eds. Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2002. xxii + 474 pp. Bibliography. Index. $100.00. Cloth. $42.00. Paper.It is clear from reading...
Cultures and Customs of Ghana
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGYSteven J. Salm and Toyin Falola. Cultures and Customs of Ghana. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. xx + 224 pp. Photographs. Maps. Chronology. Glossary. Bibliographic essay. Index. $44.95. Cloth.Cultures and Customs of...
Differential Responses to Disappearing Transitional Pathways: Redefining Possibility among Cameroonian Youths
Abstract:In the wake of the economic crisis in Cameroon and the disappearance of transitional pathways for youth that accompanied it, political and economic uncertainty turned into a new kind of social certainty for young people. Inspired by world-class...
Djibril Diop Mambety: Un Cinéaste À Contre-Courant
Sada Niang. Djibril Diop Mambety: un cinéaste à contre-courant. Paris: Editions L'Harmattan, 2002. 239 pp. Bibliography/Filmography. Interviews. Euros 19,80. Paper.On July 23, 1998, African cinema lost one of its most gifted filmmakers when Djibril Diop...
Emma's War: Love, Betrayal, and Death in the Sudan
MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHY Deborah Scroggins. Emma's War: Love, Betrayal, and Death in the Sudan. New York: Pantheon Books, 2002. x + 390 pp. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. $25.00. Cloth.If history is to be more than an account of events and dates, it must rely...
Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy: The Tribulations of Southern Africa 1960-2000
Robert I. Rotberg. Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy: The Tribulations of Southern Africa 1960-2000. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution Press, 2002. 546 pp. Map. Index. $22.95. Paper.Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy is not an academic...
Engaging Postcolonial Cultures: African Youth and Public Space
Abstract:The violent irruption of African youth into the public and domestic spheres seems to have resulted in the construction of their behavior as a threat, and to have provoked, within society as a whole, a panic that is simultaneously moral and civic....
Ethnicity and Sub-Nationalism in Nigeria: Movement for a Mid-West State/Ethnic Politics in Kenya and Nigeria/Federalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nigeria
ETHNIC POLITICS AND ETHNIC CONFLICTMichael Vickers. Ethnicity and Sub-Nationalism in Nigeria: Movement for a Mid-West State. Oxford: WorldView Publishing, 2001. 410 pp. Maps. Tables. Figures. Bibliography. Index. £49.95. Cloth. £24.95. Paper.Godfrey...
Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda
Michael Barnett. Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2002. xiii + 215 pp. Notes. Index. $25.00. Cloth.Among the many books, articles, and documentaries that have come out on the role of the...
Feeding Families: African Realities and British Ideas of Nutrition and Development in Early Colonial Africa
Cynthia Brantley. Feeding Families: African Realities and British Ideas of Nutrition and Development in Early Colonial Africa. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. 248 pp. Glossary. Illustrations. Maps. Figures. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $64.95. Cloth.This...
Fire in the Sky: The Destruction of the Orange Free State, 1899-1902/the Great Escape of the Boer Pimpernel, Christiaan De Wet: The Making of a Legend
Owen Coetzer. Fire in the Sky: The Destruction of the Orange Free State, 1899-1902. Weltevreden Park, South Africa: Covos-Day Books, 2000. xvi + 338 pp. Photographs. Map. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index. R120.00. Paper.Fransjohan Pretorius. The Great...
From Chains to Bonds: The Slave Trade Revisited
Doudou Diène, ed. From Chains to Bonds: The Slave Trade Revisited. New York: Berghahn/Paris: UNESCO, 2001. xxvi + 470 pp. Tables. $79.95. Cloth. $25.00. Paper.This book contains many of the papers presented in 1994 at a conference in Ouidah, Benin, which...
From Guerrillas to Government: The Eritrean People's Liberation Front
David Pool. From Guerrillas to Government: The Eritrean People's Liberation Front. Eastern African Studies. Athens: Ohio University Press/Oxford: James Currey, 2001. xvi + 206 pp. Maps. Notes. Abbreviations. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. $42.95. Cloth....
From the Editors
This issue of the African Studies Review is the product of a long process of international interaction and discussion among Africanist scholars. As Mamadou Diouf suggests in his excellent comprehensive article, the subject of African youth, long ignored...
Islam and Politics in Kenya
Arye Oded. Islam and Politics in Kenya. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000. ix + 236 pp. Map. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Cloth.According to Arye Oded, Kenya's five million Muslims constitute a key minority group in a...
Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women's Writing
Kenneth W. Harrow. Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women's Writing. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. xxvi + 333 pp. Bibliography. Index. $69.00. Cloth. $27.00. Paper.Kenneth W. Harrow is a scholar whose interest in Africa began...
Maghrebian Mosaic A Literature in Transition
Mildred Mortimer, ed. Maghrebian Mosaic A Literature in Transition. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001. vii + 325 pp. Bibliography. Index. $59.95. Cloth.This volume focuses on Maghrebian literature of French expression in Morocco, Tunisia,...
Making History in Banda: Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past
Ann B. Stahl. Making History in Banda: Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. xix + 268 pp. Photographs. Drawings. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Price not reported. Cloth.Ann B. Stahl has provided an...
Meditations on African Literature
Dubem Okafor, ed. Meditations on African Literature. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001. xiv + 208 pp. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $59.95. Cloth.A barrage of convoluted language greets the readers of Dubem Okafor's Meditations on African Literature....
Military Patrimonialism and Child Soldier Clientalism in the Liberian and Sierra Leonean Civil Wars
Abstract:This article uses a Weberian model of patrimonialism to analyze clientalist and "staff roles of child soldiers in the military regimes of the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. It thereby examines institutional aspects of child soldier...
Moving through and Passing On: Fulani Mobility, Survival, and Identity in Ghana
Yaa P. A. Oppong. Moving Through and Passing On: Fulani Mobility, Survival, and Identity in Ghana. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2002. xiv + 259 pp. Maps. Tables. Figures. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index. Price not reported. Cloth.Yaa...
Negotiating Property in Africa
Kristine Juul and Christian Luund, eds. Negotiating Property in Africa. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. xiii + 255 pp. Bibliographies. Index. $27.95. Paper.Land and water rights are at issue in these engaging essays from a 1999 seminar at Denmark's...
Objects as Envoys: Cloth, Imagery and Diplomacy in Madagascar
Christine Mullen Kreamer and Sarah Fee, eds. Objects as Envoys: Cloth, Imagery and Diplomacy in Madagascar. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 2002. 205 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Photographs. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography....
Pastimes and Politics: Culture, Community, and Identity in Post-Abolition Urban Zanzibar, 1890-1945
HISTORY Laura Fair. Pastimes and Politics: Culture, Community, and Identity in Post-Abolition Urban Zanzibar, 1890-1945. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001. 370 pp. Maps. Photographs. Figures. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. $59.95. Cloth. $24.95....
Pounders of Grain: A History of Women, Work, and Politics in Mozambique
WOMEN & GENDER Kathleen E. Sheldon. Pounders of Grain: A History of Women, Work, and Politics in Mozambique. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. xxiv + 311 pp. Photographs. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $66.95. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.To offer...
Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers
Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike. Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. xxi + 319 pp. Notes. Index. List of Distributors of African Films in the U.S. $54.95 Cloth. $19.95. Paper.Questioning...
Rethinking the African Diaspora: The Making of a Black Atlantic World in the Bight of Benin and Brazil
Kristin Mann and Edna G. Bay, eds. Rethinking the African Diaspora: The Making of a Black Atlantic World in the Bight of Benin and Brazil. London and Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass Publishers, 2001. 168 pp. Bibliography. Index. $64.50. Cloth. $24.50. Paper.This...
Revolution in Zanzibar: An American's Cold War Tale
Don Petterson. Revolution in Zanzibar: An American's Cold War Tale. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2002. xv + 277 pp. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Index. $28.00. Cloth.The memoirs of Don Petterson, a career diplomat, provide the backdrop for this eyewitness...
Saga of a Slave: Jacobus Capitein of Holland and Elmina
David Nii Anum Kpobi. Saga of a Slave: Jacobus Capitein of Holland and Elmina. Legon, 2001. Distributed by African Books Collective Ltd., The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1, 1HU. vi + 102 pp. Appendixes. $14.95. Paper.Jacobus Eliza Johannes...
Smugglers, Secessionists and Loyal Citizens on the Ghana-Togo Frontier: The Lie of the Borderlands since 1914
Paul Nugent. Smugglers, Secessionists and Loyal Citizens on the Ghana-Togo Frontier: The Lie of the Borderlands since 1914. Athens: Ohio University Press/Oxford: James Currey, 2002. 320 pp. Maps. Photographs. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Cloth....
South Africa's Brittle Peace: The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence
Pierre du Toit. South Africa's Brittle Peace: The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence. New York: Palgrave, 2001. xv + 222 pp. Appendix. Chronology. Notes. Index. $69.95. Cloth.Pierre du Toit's most recent book addresses a fundamental issue in the politics...
Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony, 1750-1870: A Tragedy of Manners
"LITTLE PARIS" IN SOUTH AFRICA Robert Ross. Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony, 1750-1870: A Tragedy of Manners. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. African Studies Series 98. xii + 203 pp. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. £45.00....
The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora
F. Abiola Irele. The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. xviii + 296 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. No price reported. Paper.Abiola Irele's critical examination of African literature...
The African Stakes of the Congo War
John F. Clark, ed. The African Stakes of the Congo War. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. xv + 249 pp. Maps. Index. $55.00. Cloth.Long awaited to fill the gap in our knowledge of the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and provide...
The Art of the Loom: Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing across the World/Printed and Dyed Textiles from Africa
LITERATURE AND THE ARTS Ann Hecht. The Art of the Loom: Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing across the World. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001. 95 pp. Illustrations. Sources. Index. $29.95. Paper.John Gillow. Printed and Dyed Textiles from Africa....
The Colour of Disease: Syphilis and Racism in South Africa, 1880-1950
Karen Jochelson. The Colour of Disease: Syphilis and Racism in South Africa, 1880-1950. New York: Palgrave/Oxford: St. Antony's College, 2001. xii + 248 pp. Tables. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth.Good writing about the history of health...
The Dynamics of Resource Tenure in West Africa
Amila Toulmin, Philippe Delville, and Samba Traore, eds. The Dynamics of Resource Tenure in West Africa. London: International Institute for Environment and Development, 2002. Distributed in the U.S. by Heinemann, xii + 242 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index....
The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture/A Short History of African Philosophy
SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY Barry Hallen. The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 20001. xiv + 219 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $39.95. Cloth. $17.95. Paper.Barry Hallen. A...
The Hall Handbook of the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902/encyclopedia of the Boer War, 1899-1902
Darrell Hall. The Hall Handbook of the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. Edited by Fransjohan Pretorius and Gilbert Toralge. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1999. x + 272 pp. Photographs. Tables. Maps. Illustrations. Bibliography. $50.00. Cloth.Martin...
The Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences
HUMAN RIGHTS Wolfgang Benedek, Esther Kisaakye, and Gerd Oberlietner, eds. The Human Rights of Women: International Instruments and African Experiences. London: Zed Books, 2002. Distributed by Palgrave. xv + 336 pp. Select Bibliography. Index. $69.95....
The Nile
GEOGRAPHY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Robert O. Collins. The Nile. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. xii + 260 pp. Maps. Photographs. Diagrams. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $39.95. Cloth.What is the Nile? The volume reviewed here, a lush compendium...
The Ordeal of the African Writer
Charles R. Larson. The Ordeal Of The African Writer. London: Zed Books, 2001. Distributed by Palgrave USA. viii + 168 pp. Works Cited. Index. $55.00. Cloth. $19.95. Paper.Early in his preface Charles Larson states the thesis of his text: "This book is...
The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria, 1930-1954/A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for the Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era
Jonathan K. Gosnell. The Politics of Frenchness in Colonial Algeria, 1930-1954. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2002. xii + 234 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $75.00. Cloth.Matthew Connelly. A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for...
The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1898-1965
Michael O. West. The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1898-1965. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. xiii + 324 pp. Notes. Index. $49.95. Cloth. $22.95. Paper.Michael West, a sociologist at Binghamton University, has published...
The Root Cause of Sudan's Civil Wars
Douglas H. Johnson. The Root Cause of Sudan's Civil Wars. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. xx + 234 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Appendix. Index. $54.95. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.The history of Sudan is troubled and unsettling not only because of...
The Sacrificed Generation: Youth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar
Lesley A. Sharp. The Sacrificed Generation: Youth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. xvii + 377 pp. Photographs. Maps. Appendixes. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $27.50....
The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994
Okwui Enwezor, ed. The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994. Munich: Prestel, 2001. 496 pp. Plates. Chronology. Biographies. List of Works. Index. $75.00. Cloth.When Okwui Enwezor titles this fabulous book "The Short...
The underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone
Mariane C. Ferme. The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. xii + 287 pp. Illustrations. Notes. References. Index. $24.95. Paper.Mariane Ferme's densely woven analysis...
The Urban Experience in Eastern Africa, C. 1750-2000
Andrew Burton, ed. The Urban Experience in Eastern Africa, c. 1750-2000. Nairobi: The British Institute in Eastern Africa, 2002. For ordering details go to: http://britac3.ac.uk. Photographs. Maps. Notes. $24.00. Paper.This is one of several books heralding...
Tragedy and Triumph: Mozambique Refugees in Southern Africa, 1977-2001
Mario J. Azevedo. Tragedy and Triumph: Mozambique Refugees in Southern Africa, 1977-2001. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2002. 221 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index. No price reported. $64.95. Cloth.In comparing living conditions among groups of Mozambicans who...
Transnationalism and New African Immigration to South Africa
Jonathan Crush and David A. McDonald, eds. Transnationalism and New African Immigration to South Africa. Kingston, Ontario: Southern African Migration Project (SAMP) and the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), 2002. iv + 188 pp. Bibliography....
Truth and Reconciliation: The Confessional Mode in South African Literature
Susan Van Zanten Gallagher. Truth and Reconciliation: The Confessional Mode in South African Literature. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. 212 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $64.95. Cloth.The author of this book starts from the premise that confessing...
We Are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa
POLITICS Ashwin Desai. We Are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2002. 153 pp. Photographs. $19.00. Paper.Writing "from the frontlines of the establishment's undeclared war on the poor" (14),...