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. 48, No. 1, April

Accounting for Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda
Nigel Eltringham. Accounting for Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda. London: Pluto Press, 2004. xv + 232 pp. Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper.Based on interviews carried out for doctoral research in Rwanda 1998 and in Europe 1999, Nigel Eltringham's...
A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
Howard W. French. A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. xvii +280 pp. Photographs. Notes. Index. No price reported. Cloth.The former bureau chief of the New York Times in West and central Africa,...
A Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi
Harri Englund, ed. A Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi. Stockholm: Elanders Gotab with the Nordic Africa Institute, 2002. 208 pp. Tables. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. $29.95 Paper.Though South Africa has garnered much...
Africa, Africanists, and Wildlife Conservation
AFRICA, AFRICANISTS, AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION Rosaleen Duffy. Killing for Conservation: Wildlife Policy in Zimbabwe. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000. Published in association with the International African Institute, London, xii + 209 pp....
African-American Exploration in West Africa: Four Nineteenth-Century Diaries
MEMOIRS & BIOGRAPHY James Fairhead, Tim Geysbeek, Svend E. Holsoe, and Melissa Leach, eds. African-American Exploration in West Africa: Four Nineteenth-Century Diaries. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. 504 pp. Photographs. Maps. Notes....
African Environments: Imagined and Real
AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTS: IMAGINED AND REAL William G. Moseley and B. Ikubolajeh Logan, eds. African Environment and Development: Rhetoric, Programs and Realities. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing, 2004. xii + 240 pp. Map. Illustration. Tables. Bibliographies....
African Studies in China in the Twentieth Century: A Historiographical Survey
Abstract:This article surveys African studies in China during the twentieth century. It is divided into five parts: "Sensing Africa" (1900-1949), "Supporting Africa" (1949-65), "Understanding Africa" (1966-76), and "Studying Africa" (1977-2000). From...
Africa: Selected Documents on Constitutive, Conflict and Security, Humanitarian, and Judicial Issues
LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS J. I. Levitt, ed. Africa: Selected Documents on Constitutive, Conflict and Security, Humanitarian, and Judicial Issues. Ardsley, N.Y: Transnational Publishers, 2003. xvi + 451 pp. $125.00. Cloth.Recently, I was engaged in a discussion...
Africa Shoots Back: Alternative Perspectives in Sub-Saharan Francophone Film
LITERATURE AND THE ARTS Melissa Thackway. Africa Shoots Back: Alternative Perspectives in Sub-Saharan Francophone Film. Bloomington: Indiana University Press/Cape Town: James Philip/Oxford: James Currey, 2003. x + 230 pages. Illustrations. Bibliography....
A History of Theatre in Africa
Martin Banham, ed. A History of Theatre in Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Bibliography. Index. $130.00. Cloth.Martin Banham's preface to this compendium of African theater expresses the hope "that the reader will be reminded of...
Ancient Egypt in Africa
David O'Connor and Andrew Reid, eds. Ancient Egypt in Africa. London: University College London Press, 2003. In Encounters with Ancient Egypt series. Distributed by Cavendish Publishing, c/o International Specialized Book Services, Inc., 5824 NE Hassalo...
An Ordinary Atrocity: Sharpeville and Its Massacre/The Assassin: A Story of Race and Rage in the Land of Apartheid
Philip Frankel. An Ordinary Atrocity: Sharpeville and Its Massacre. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. viii + 263 pp. Tables. Appendixes. Bibliography. Notes. $30.00. Cloth.Henk van Woerden. The Assassin: A Story of Race and Rage in the Land of...
Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery
Bruce Kapferer, ed. Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003. vii + 272 pp. Bibliography. Index. Price not reported. Paper.This volume aims to transcend previous anthropological theories of magic, witchcraft,...
Christianity among the Nomads: The Catholic Church in Northern Kenya
Paul Tablino. Christianity Among the Nomads: The Catholic Church in Northern Kenya. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2004. 312 pp. Available from Paulines Publications Africa, P.O. Box 49026, Nairobi, GPO, Kenya. Illustrated. Maps. Biographical...
Citizens and Foreigners: Democratization and the Politics of Exclusion in Africa
Abstract:In the ongoing context of political liberalization, many African leaders have adopted the rhetoric of democracy while at the same time devising ways to limit political competition. This article focuses on one such strategy: the effort to disqualify...
Climate Change, Trade and Modes of Production in Sub-Saharan Africa
ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY Felix Chami, Gilbert Pwiti, and Chantai Radimilahy, eds. Climate Change, Trade and Modes of Production in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dar es Salaam: Dar es Salaam University Press, 2003. Distributed by African Books Collective Ltd.,...
Conflict in the Congo: Historical and Regional Perspectives
CONFLICT IN THE CONGO: HISTORICAL AND REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES Ch. Didier Gondola. The History of Congo. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. xxviii + 181 pp. Notable People in the History of Congo. Selected Bibliography. Index. $39.95. Cloth.Kevin C...
Conflict Resolution and Peace Education in Africa
Ernest E. Uwazie, ed. Conflict Resolution and Peace Education in Africa. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2003. viii + 188 pp. Notes. Index. $60.00. Cloth.Far too often, the American public laments conflict in Africa as some hopelessly incomprehensible...
Critical Essays on Bessie Head
Maxine Sample, ed. Critical Essays on Bessie Head. Westport, Conn.; London: Praeger Publishers, 2003. Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies, No. 205. xii + 150 pp. Index. $61.00. Cloth.Critically hailed as one of the brightest voices in...
Cuban Abakuá Chants: Examining New Linguistic and Historical Evidence for the African Diaspora
Abstract:The Cuban Abakuá society-derived from the Èfìk Ékpè and Ejagham Úgbè societies of southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon-was founded in Havana in the 1830s by captured leaders of Cross River villages. This paper examines the process...
Dan Ge Performance: Masks and Music in Contemporary Côte d'Ivoire
Daniel P. Reed. Dan Ge Performance: Masks and Music in Contemporary Côte d'Ivoire. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003. 212 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $59.95. Cloth. $24.95. Paper. For related audio and video recordings, see http://iupress.indiana.edu/reed/.The...
Encounters with Ancient Egypt
Peter Ucko, series ed. Encounters with Ancient Egypt. 8 vols. London: UCL Press, 2003. Distributed by Cavendish Publishing, c/o International Specialized Book Services, 5824 NE Hassalo St., Portland, Ore. 97213-3444. $47.50 each. Paper.How has ancient...
Enslaving Connections: Changing Cultures of Africa and Brazil during the Era of Slavery
José C. Curto and Paul E. Lovejoy, eds. Enslaving Connections: Changing Cultures of Africa and Brazil during the Era of Slavery. New York: Humanity Books, 2004. 323 pp. Bibliography. Index. $32.00. Cloth.Enslaving Connections brings together essays originating...
Global Flows: Terror, Oil, and Strategic Philanthropy
Abstract:U.S. involvement in Africa is growing following threats of terrorism and interruptions in oil production and because of desires by foreign corporations to expand their activities on the continent. The response of American policymakers has been...
Good Second Class: Memories of a Generalist Overseas Administrator
Trevor Clark. Good Second Class: Memories of a Generalist Overseas Administrator. Stanhope, U.K.: The Memoir Club, 2004. xiv + 303 pp. Photographs. Map. £17:50. Cloth.Having recently reviewed for this journal Trevor Clark's excellent compendium, The...
History, the Nation-State, and Alternative Narratives: An Example from Colonial Douala
Abstract:This article examines processes of community-building in the immigrant quarter of New Bell, Douala, during the interwar years. Historians of Douala have overlooked the history of New Bell, focusing instead on the political and economic activity...
Hustling Is Not Stealing: Stories of an African Bar Girl
John M. Chernoff. Hustling Is Not Stealing: Stories of an African Bar Girl. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. xv + 480 pp. Glossary. $22.50. Paper.Hustling Is Not Stealing is the first volume of stories told to John Chernoff by a Ghanaian/Haute...
Imhotep Today: Egyptianizing Architecture
Jean-Marcel Humbert and Clifford Price, eds. Imhotep Today: Egyptianizing Architecture. In Encounters with Ancient Egypt series. London: UCL Press, 2003. Distributed by Cavendish Publishing, do International Specialized Book Services, 5824 NE Hassalo...
Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Governance
Dele Olowu and James S. Wunsch et al. Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Governance. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner, 2004. x + 310 pp. Bibliography. Index. $58.00. Cloth.The postcolonial period witnessed a remarkable tendency toward...
Local Women, Global Science: Fighting AIDS in Kenya
Karen m. booth. local women, global science: fighting aids in kenya. bloomington: indiana university press, 2004. 224 pp. figures. notes. bibliography. index. $39.95. cloth. $16.95. paper.In Local Women, Global Science, Karen M. Booth attempts a "global...
Lords of the Fly: Sleeping Sickness Control in British East Africa, 1900-1960
HEALTH & DISEASE Kirk Arden Hoppe. Lords of the Fly: Sleeping Sickness Control in British East Africa, 1900-1960. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2003. xii + 203 pp. Photographs. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $67.00. Cloth.African trypanosomiasis, also popularly...
Negotiating Development: African Farmers and Colonial Experts at the Office Du Niger, 1920-1960
HISTORY Monica van Beusekom. Negotiating Development: African Farmers and Colonial Experts at the Office du Niger, 1920-1960. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. xxxiii + 214 pp. Maps. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $24.00. Paper.In Negotiating Development,...
Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787
Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood. Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787. London: Routledge, 2003. xi + 194 pp. Index. $28.95. Paper.Profiles of political and cultural leaders from Africa and the diaspora are still...
Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves: Transformations along the Guinea-Bissau Coast, 1400-1900
Walter Hawthorne. Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves: Transformations along the Guinea-Bissau Coast, 1400-1900. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2003. xvi + 258 pp. Maps. Photographs. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper.Planting Rice and Harvesting...
Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya
WOMEN & GENDER Lynn M. Thomas. Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. xvi + 300 pp. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.Although feminist and other...
Slavery and Beyond: The Making of Men and Chikunda Ethnic Identities in the Unstable World of South-Central Africa, 1750-1920
Allen F. Isaacman and Barbara S. Isaacman. Slavery and Beyond: The Making of Men and Chikunda Ethnic Identities in the Unstable World of South-Central Africa, 1750-1920. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2004. xii + 370 pp. Maps. Figures. Photographs. Glossary....
Southern Africa and the Swahili World
Felix Chami and Gilbert Pwiti, eds. Southern Africa and the Swahili World. Dar es Salaam: Dar es Salaam University Press Ltd., 2002. Distributed by African Books Collective Ltd., The Jam Factory, 27 Park End St., Oxford OX1 1HU. vi + 138 pp. Photographs....
South of the Sahara: Selected Works of African Art
Constantine Petridis. South of the Sahara: Selected Works of African Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2003. Distributed by the University of Washington Press. 128 pp. Illustrations. Map. Bibliography. $45.00. Cloth. $30.00. Paper.This beautifully...
State and Society in the Maghreb
STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE MAGHREB Lise Garon. Dangerous Alliances: Civil Society, the Media and Democratic Transition in North Africa. London: Zed Books, 2003. 205 pp. Bibliography. Index. $69.95. Cloth. $27.50. Paper.Stephen J. King. Liberalization Against...
The Failure of the United Nations Development Programs for Africa
POLITICS Adrien M. Ratsimbaharison. The Failure of the United Nations Development Programs for Africa. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America. 2003. xiii + 154 pp. Figures. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $29.00. Paper.This book is a revised version of...
The Forgotten Front: The East African Campaign 1914-1918
Ross Anderson. The Forgotten Front: The East African Campaign 1914-1918. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus Publishing, 2004. Distributed by Trafalgar Square Publishing, P. O. Box 257, Howe Hill Road, North Pomfret, Vt. 05053. 352 pp. Photographs. Bibliography....
The History of Egypt
Glenn E. Perry. The History of Egypt. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004. The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations, xxiii + 184 pp. Timeline. Glossary. Bibliographic Essay. Index. $45.00. Cloth.Typical of the Greenwood series on "modern nations,"...
The Populist Dimension to African Political Thought: Critical Essays in Reconstruction and Retrieval
P. L E. ldahosa. The Populist Dimension to African Political Thought: Critical Essays in Reconstruction and Retrieval. Trenton: Africa World Press, 2004. iv + 274 pp. Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper.Aside from the fairly superficial work by Peter...
"The Pygmies Were Our Compass": Bantu and Batwa in the History of West Central Africa, Early Times to C. 1900 C.E
Kairn A. Klieman. "The Pygmies Were Our Compass": Bantu and Batwa in the History of West Central Africa, Early Times to c. 1900 C.E. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemarin, 2003. xxxiv + 253 pp. Maps. Figure. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $26.00. Paper.The Pygmies...
The Steamer Parish: The Rise and Fall of Missionary Medicine on an African Frontier
RELIGION Charles M. Good Jr. The Steamer Parish: The Rise and Fall of Missionary Medicine on an African Frontier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. xx + 487 pp. Maps. Photographs. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $30.00. Paper.This splendidly written...