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. 3, December

A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY Daniel Jordan Smith. A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. xxiii + 263 pp. Photographs. Notes. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. $27.95. Cloth.There...
African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors
ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT Todd J. Moss. African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 2007. xi + 275 pp. Figures. Tables. Bibliography. Index. Notes. $55.00. Cloth. $22.50. Paper.In the 1960s, when many African...
African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement
David Maxwell. African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement. Athens: Ohio UniversityPress/ Oxford: James Currey, 2006. xv + 250 pp. Photographs. Maps. Tables. Notes. Sources and Refereces....
A History of Global Anglicanism
RELIGION Kevin Ward. A History of Global Anglicanism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xii + 362 pages. Maps. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $85,00, Cloth. $35,99, Paper."Not English, but Anglican" is the theme Kevin Ward chooses for...
A Political History of the Gambia, 1816-1994/migrants, Credit and Climate: The Gambian Groundnut Trade, 1834-1934
Arnold Hughes and David Perfect. A Political History of The Gambia, 1816-1994. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2006. xviii + 530 pp. Map. Tables. Appendixes. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $90.00. Cloth.Kenneth Swindell and Alieu Jeng. Migrants,...
Atlas of Slavery
James Walvin. Atlas of Slavery. Harlow, U.K.: Pearson Longman, 2006. xiv + 146. Maps. Chronology. Further Reading. Index. $18.95. Paper.James Walvin is a very good and prolific historian. He has written or edited about thirty books, about half of them...
Cloth in West African History
Colleen E. Kriger. Cloth in West African History. Lanham, Md.: AltaMira Press, 2006. xxii + 214 pp. Photographs. Maps. Charts. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $80.00. Cloth. $32,95. Paper.Cloth is a paradoxical raw material for the reconstruction of history....
Constituting the Unsafe: Nigerian Sex Workers' Notions of Unsafe Sexual Conduct
Abstract:This article reports findings of a qualitative inquiry on representations of unsafe sexual conduct among female sex workers in Aba, Nigeria. Participating sex workers viewed their work as a form of business, a survival imperative in the face...
Constructions of Belonging: Igbo Communities and the Nigerian State in the Twentieth Century
Axel Harneit-Sievers. Constructions of Belonging: Igbo Communities and the Nigerian State in the Twentieth Century. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006. ix + 388 pp. Photographs. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $75,00, Cloth.The Igbo of...
Decolonization and the Decolonized
Albert Memmi. Decolonization and the Decolonized. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006. Translated by Robert Bononno. xiv + 148 pp. $17.95. Paper.Albert Memmi is principally known for his The Colonizer and the Colonized, originally published...
Development after Globalization: Theory and Practice for the Embattled South in a New Imperial Age
John S. Saul. Development After Globalization: Theory and Practice for the Embattled South in a New Imperial Age. London: Zed Books, 2006. xiii + 135 pp. Notes. $25.00. Paper.This is a book that can be characterized in many ways. As a memoir, it presents...
Exploring Cityscapes: Kinshasa and Johannesburg
EXPLORING CITYSCAPES: KINSHASA AND JOHANNESBURG Theodore Trefon, ed. Reinventing Order in the Congo: How People Respond to State Failure in Kinshasa. London: Zed Books, 2004. ix + 222 pp. Maps. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $27.50. Paper.Filip de Boeck...
Friends and Interests: China's Distinctive Links with Africa
Abstract:China's expanded links to Africa have created a discourse of how to characterize those ties. Western political forces and media have criticized every aspect of China's activities in Africa, while Chinese, with significant support from Africans,...
From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture in and out of Africa
Steven Nelson. From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. xiv + 247 pp. Photographs. Map. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $50.00. Cloth.In this study of the widely disseminated inscriptions...
Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy
Jennifer Cole and Deborah Durham, eds. Generations and Globalization: Youth, Age, and Family in the New World Economy. Blooming to n: Indiana University Press, 2007. 240 pp. Photographs. Notes. Works Cited. Index. $65,00, Cloth. $24.95. Paper.In their...
Global Visions, Local Landscapes: A Political Ecology of Conservation, Conflict, and Control in Northern Madagascar
Lisa L. Gezon. Global Visions, Local Landscapes: A Political Ecology of Conservation, Conflict, and Control in Northern Madagascar. Lanham, Md.: AltaMira Press, 2005. xiii + 225 pp. Photographs. Illustrations. Maps. Tables. Figures, References. Index....
Historical Archaeology in Africa: Representation, Social Memory, and Oral Traditions
HISTORY Peter R. Schmidt. Historical Archaeology in Africa: Representation, Social Memory, and Oral Traditions. Lanham, Md.: AltaMira Press, 2006. xi + 316 pp. Photographs. Maps. Charts. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $80,00, Cloth. $32.95. Paper.Peter...
Images of Empire: Photographic Sources for the British in the Sudan
M. W. Daly and Jane R. Hogan. Images of Empire: Photographic Sources for the British in the Sudan. Leiden: Brill, 2005. Sources for African History Series. 391 pp. Photographs. Map. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $109.00, Cloth.The photographs in this interesting...
Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History
LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS Bonny Ibhawoh. Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007. xvi + 226 pp. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $60.00. Cloth.This...
Implications of HIV/AIDS for Rural Livelihoods in Tanzania: The Example of Rungwe District
Abstract:HIV/AIDS is disrupting household livelihood security in Tanzania's rural communities and contributing to rural impoverishment by claiming the lives of the most productive young adults who make up the bulk of the labor force in those areas. This...
Jews of a Saharan Oasis: The Elimination of the Tamantit Community
John Hun wick. Jews of a Saharan Oasis: The Elimination of the Tamantit Community. Princeton, N.J.: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2006. xviii + 89 pp. Glossary. Map. Notes. Appendixes. Bibliography. Index. $88.95. Cloth. $28.95. Paper.In the 1960s John Hunwick...
Liberalism without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922-1936
Abdeslam M. Maghraoui. Liberalism without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922-1936. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2006. xx + 192 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $74.95. Cloth. $21.95. Paper,The question of how to assess the impact...
Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal
Patricia Tang. Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007. xiv + 209 pp. Photographs. Musical Transcriptions, Maps. Notes. Glossary of Terms. References. Discography. Interviews. Index. Includes...
Modern Agricultural History in Malawi: Perspectives on Policy-Choice Explanations
Abstract:Development research is often associated with issues of policy. Researchers aim to increase our contextual and theoretical knowledge to enhance the creation of "good" development policies. One way of doing this is to identify and learn from...
Myth of Iron: Shaka in History
Dan Wylie. Myth of Iron: Shaka in History. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006. Distributed by International Specialized Book Services, Portland, Ore. xviii + 615 pp. Maps. Boxes. Charts. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. $69.95. Cloth.Dan...
No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa
Robert Muggah, ed. No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa. London: Zed Books. 2006. xviii + 261 pp. Tables. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.99, Paper.No Refuge: The Crisis of Refugee Militarization in Africa is written explicitly from the...
Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures
LANGUAGES, LITERATURE, AND ARTS Stephanie Newell. Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures. West African Literatures: Ways of Reading. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. ix +259 pp. Maps. Charts. Time Line. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $22.95. Paper.I...
Reciprocal Comparison and African History: Tackling Conceptual Eurocentrism in the Study of Africa's Economic Past
Abstract:This article argues for constructive responses to the dominance, in the analysis of African economic history, of concepts derived from Western experience. It reviews the existing responses of this kind, highlighting the fact that some of the...
Schooling and Difference in Africa: Democratic Challenges in a Contemporary Context
EDUCATION George J. Sefa Dei, Alireza Asgharzadeh, Sharon Eblaghie Bahador, and Riyad Ahmed Shahjahan. Schooling and Difference in Africa: Democratic Challenges in a Contemporary Context. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. xviii + 333 pp. Charts....
States of Violence: Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa
Edna G. Bay and Donald L. Don ham, eds. States of Violence: Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006. ix + 268pp Notes, References. Index. $49,50 Cloth, $24.50. Paper.This edited volume attempts...
The Armored Bubble: Military Memoirs from Apartheid's Warriors
THE ARMORED BUBBLE: MILITARY MEMOIRS FROM APARTHEID'S WARRIORS Hilton Hamann. Days of the Generals: The Untold Story of South Africa's Apartheid-Era Military Generals. Cape Town: Zebra Press, 2006 (2001). xvii + 242 pp. Photographs. Glossary. Select...
The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace
Michael Nest, with Francois Grignon and Emizet F. Kisangani. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006. 165 pp. Tables. Maps. Graphs. Bibliography. Index. $15,95. Paper.The...
The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Livelihoods, Poverty and the Economy of Malawi
Lisa Arrehag et al. The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Livelihoods, Poverty and the Economy of Malawi. Sida Studies no. 18, 2006. SIDA, SE-105 25 Stockholm, Sweden. 248 pp. Charts. Figures. Notes. References. Appendixes. Acronyms. No price reported. Paper.This...
Themes in West Africa's History
Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong, ed. Themes in West Africa's History. Athens: Ohio University Press/Oxford: James Currey/Accra: Woeli Publishing Services, 2006. xii + 323 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $49.95. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.This edited volume...
The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda
Scott Straus. The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006. xiv + 272 pp. Maps, Charts and Tables. Appendix. Bibliographyavailableon-lineatwww.polisci.wisc.edu. Index. $24.95. Cloth.Scott Straus...
The Road to Democracy in South Africa. Volume 1 (1960-1970)
South African Democracy Education Trust. The Road to Democracy in South Africa. Volume 1 (1960-1970). Cape Town: Zebra Press, 2004. xxviii + 756 pp. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. R299.95. Paper.This is the first volume of a series by the South African...
The Story of Earth and Life: A Southern African Perspective on a 4.6-Billion-Year Journey
GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Terence McCarthy and Bruce Rubidge, eds. The Story Of Earth And Life: A Southern African Perspective on a 4.6-Billion-Year Journey. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005, 333 pp, Photographs. Maps, Tables. Index. $31,95,...
The Tonga-Speaking Peoples of Zambia and Zimbabwe: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Colson
ELIZABETH COLSON: AN APPRECIATION Chet Lancaster and Kenneth P. Vickery, eds. The Tonga-Speaking Peoples of Zambia and Zimbabwe: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Colson. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2007. viii + 392 pp. Maps. Tables. Figures....
The United Nations Development Programme: A Better Way?
Craig N. Murphy. The United Nations Development Programme: A Better Way? New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xviii + 372 pp, Photographs. Figures, Tables, Index, $75.00. Cloth, $29,99. Paper.This study, commissioned by the UNDP in 2004, joins...
The Unsettled Land: State-Making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe 1893-2003
Jocelyn Alexander. The Unsettled Land: State-Making and the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe 1893-2003. Athens: Ohio University Press / Oxford: James Currey / Harare: Weaver Press, 2006. x + 230 pp. Maps. Notes. References. Index. $49.95. Cloth. $24.95....
Those Who Touch: Tuareg Medicine Women in Anthropological Perspective
HEALTH AND DISEASE Susan J. Rasmussen. Those Who Touch: Tuareg Medicine Women in Anthropological Perspective. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2006. xii + 234 pp. Photographs. Map. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $26.00. Paper,The author is well...
Transformation and Trouble: Crime, Justice, and Participation in Democratic South Africa
Diana Gordon. Transformation and Trouble: Crime, Justice, and Participation in Democratic South Africa. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006. xiii + 382 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $75.00 Cloth. $27.95. Paper.This is a good book on an important...
Votes, Money and Violence: Political Parties and Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND GLOBALIZATION Matthias Basedau, Gero Erdmann, and Andreas Mehler, eds. Votes, Money and Violence: Political Parties and Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2007. 301 pp. Tables....
Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at War
Goretti Kyomuhendo. Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at War. New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2007. The Women Writing Africa series. 127 pp, Afterword, Notes. Works Cited. $13,95, Paper.Within the last ten years, Goretti Kyomuhendo...
"Walking in the Spirit": The Complexity of Belonging in Two Pentecostal Churches in Durban, South Africae
Kristina Helgesson. "Walking in the Spirit": The Complexity of Belonging in Two Pentecostal Churches in Durban, South Africa. Dissertationsand Documents in Cultural Anthropology. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala University, 2006. 292 pp. Photographs. Maps. Notes....