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. 1, April

African Cinemas: Decolonizing the Gaze
LITERATURE AND THE ARTS Olivier Barlet. African Cinemas: Decolonizing the Gaze. Translated by Chris Turner. London and New York: Zed Books, 2000. Distributed by Palgrave. xii + 315 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Appendix. Index. $69.95 Cloth. $29.95...
Asbestos Blues: Labour, Capital, Physicians, and the State in South Africa
HEALTH AND DISEASE Jock McCulloch., Asbestos Blues: Labour, Capital, Physicians, and the State in South Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. 252 pp. Map. Photographs. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $49. 95. Cloth. $22. 95. Paper.For much...
Associational Life in African Cities: Popular Responses to the Urban Crisis
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY Arne Tostensen, Inge Tvedten, and Mariken Vaa, eds. Associational Life in African Cities: Popular Responses to the Urban Crisis. Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2001. Distributed by Transactions Publishers, Somerset,...
Constitutionalism in Africa: Creating Opportunities, Facing Challenges
LAW Joe Oloka-Onyango. Constitutionalism in Africa: Creating Opportunities, Facing Challenges. Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2001. Distributed by African Books Collective Ltd., The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OXl 1HU. xi + 345 pp. Index....
Culture and Customs of the Congo
Tshilemalema Mukenge. Culture and Customs of the Congo. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. xx + 204 pp. Photographs. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. $45.00. Cloth.The third installment in the Greenwood Culture and Customs of Africa series, Tshilemalema...
Despotism and Democracy in the Congo
DESPOTISM AND DEMOCRACY IN THE CONGO Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja. The Congo from Leopold to Kabila: A People's History. London: Zed Books, 2002. Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave/St.Martin's Press, New York, xiv + 304 pp. Maps. Tables. Bibliography. Index....
Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt
ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT Ray Bush. Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1999. xv + 184 pp. Tables. Figures. References. Index. $55.00. Cloth.Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt is simply...
Environmental Justice in South Africa
GEOGRAPHY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY David A. McDonald, ed. Environmental Justice in South Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press/Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 2002. 319 pp. Notes. Bibliographical references. Index. $59.95. Cloth. $26.95....
Islamic-Hausa Feminism Meets Northern Nigerian Romance: The Cautious Rebellion of Bilkisu Funtuwa
Abstract:This study of contemporary Hausa literature analyzes a northern Nigerian body of popular fiction currently referred to as Kano market literature and known to Hausa speakers as Littattafan Soyayya (books of love). The popularity of this genre...
Language, Education, and Public Policy in Eritrea
Abstract:After an Eritrea nationalist movement gained Eritrea's independence from Ethiopia in 1991, the newly formed government introduced a national educational policy based on the use of mother languages as the medium of instruction in all public schools....
La Révolte Des Femmes: Economic Upheaval and the Gender of Political Authority in Lomé, Togo, 1931-33
Abstract:In 1932 the governor of French Togoland announced an increase in taxes on Lomé market women because of the economic downturn caused by the Depression. Both the indigenous city council and a clandestine resistance movement opposed this fiscal...
Legacies of Engagement: Scholarship Informed by Political Commitment
Abstract:Scholar-activists, by virtue of their critical engagement in the central issues of the day and their role in the production and dissemination of knowledge, have a unique opportunity to challenge the inherited orthodoxies in the academy and in...
Les Fusils Jaunes: Générations et Politique En Pays Nyangatom (Ethiopie)
Serge Tornay. Les Fusils jaunes: Générations et politique en pays Nyangatom (Ethiopie). Nanterre: Société d'Ethnologie, 2001. 363 pp. Figures. Photographs. Eur. 27.44. Paper.This book is a meticulous anthropological case study of the Nyamgatom peoples,...
Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone
Rosalind Shaw. Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. xv + 299 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $21.00. Paper.The central message of this very insightful work is...
Perceptions of Unequal Access to Primary and Secondary Education: Findings from Nigeria
Abstract:Nigerian parents and teachers were interviewed with the purpose of understanding how ordinary citizens view the unequal participation in education in Nigeria. Several areas of concern were identified in relation to participation in schooling...
Responding to Crisis: Patterns of Health Care Utilization in Central Kenya amid Economic Decline
Abstract:African states have become increasingly unable to provide adequate health care to their citizens due to debt, structural adjustment, poverty, and mismanagement. The health crisis is worsening in many areas and driving up mortality rates after...
Seed Provision and Agricultural Development: The Institutions of Rural Change
Robert Tripp. Seed Provision and Agricultural Development: The Institutions of Rural Change. London: Overseas Development Institute/Oxford: James Currey/Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2001. viii + 174 pp. Tables. Notes. References. Index. $64.00. Cloth.The...
Teaching about the Atlantic Slave Trade and Reparations
TEACHING ABOUT THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND REPARATIONS Manu Herbstein. Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade. New York: E-Reads, 2001. Distributed by E-Reads, 171 East 74th St., New York, N.Y. 10021. Online at http://www.ereads.com. Supported by...
The Cold War and the Color Line: American Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalization
POLITICS Thomas Borstelmann. The Cold War and the Color Line: American Foreign Policy in the Era of Globalization. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002. 369 pp. Photographs. Notes. Index. $35.00. Cloth.American studies used to exist in a moderate...
The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
Robert Harms. The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade. New York: Basic Books, 2002. xxx + 466 pp. Illustrations. Notes. Appendixes. Index. $30.00. Cloth.On May 31, 1731, a converted grain ship, the Diligent, left the French port...
The Rise and Decline of a Special Relationship: Israel and Ghana, 1957-1966
Abstract:The "special relationship" between Israel and Ghana that began with the latter's attainment of independence in March 1957 endured only three years. At the January 1961 Casablanca Conference, Ghana joined in a sharp condemnation of Israel, marking...
Twilight on the Zambezi: Late Colonialism in Central Africa
Eugenia W. Herbert. Twilight on the Zambezi: Late Colonialism in Central Africa. New York: Palgrave, 2002. xxii + 196 pp. Maps. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $39.95. Cloth.Those who are already familiar with Eugenia Herbert's work will not be disappointed...
Vilimani: Labor Migration and Rural Change in Early Colonial Tanzania
HISTORY Thaddeus Sunseri. Vilimani: Labor Migration and Rural Change in Early Colonial Tanzania. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2002. xv + 223 pp. Maps. Photographs. Sketches. Bibliography. Index. $24.00. Paper.To appreciate Vilimani, one should understand...
When the World Was Red
WHEN THE WORLD WAS RED Anthony Kirk-Greene. Britain's Imperial Administrators, 1858-1966 Basingstoke: Macmillan/New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. xv + 347 pp. Map. Tables. Notes. Thematic bibliography. Index. $79.95. Cloth. $22.95. Paper.Anthony Kirk-Greene....