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. 52, No. 2, September

Anticolonial Nationalism in French West Africa: What Made Guinea Unique?
Abstract:In a 1958 constitutional referendum, Guinea was the only French territory to reject continued colonial subordination in favor of immediate independence. Why did Guinea alone reject the constitution that laid the foundations for France's Fifth...
Conclusion: Guinea-Bissau Yesterday. . . and Tomorrow
IntroductionI had the pleasure of commenting on the articles in this issue when they were first presented as papers at the 2006 annual meeting of the African Studies Association, and the remarks that follow remain true to the character of those comments...
Conflictual Motion and Political Inertia: On Rebellions and Revolutions in Bissau and Beyond
Abstract:Taking its point of departure in the distinction between rebellions and revolutions, this article sheds light on civil war in Guinea-Bissau and West Africa. It builds on prolonged fieldwork among the Aguentas, a militia of urban youth in Bissau,...
"Culture Stops Development!": Bijagó Youth and the Appropriation of Developmentalist Discourse in Guinea-Bissau
Abstract:Since the 1960s scholars have criticized the notion of development, arguing that the rhetoric and practice of international development serve imperialistic interests, destroying local orders and colonizing consciousnesses. Through the analysis...
Death and the Left Hand: Islam, Gender, and "Proper" Mandinga Funerary Custom in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal
Abstract:This article explores Islam, gender, and "proper" Mandinga funerary "custom" in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal, specifically the contradictions and debates between men and women about Mandinga custom and Islam as they play out in the ritual of shaking...
From the Margins of the State to the Presidential Palace: The Balanta Case in Guinea-Bissau
Abstract:Balanta farmers of Guinea-Bissau are often regarded by neighboring communities as "backward" and as a people who have refused modern life-worlds. Despite the fact that these farmers played a very important role in the making of Guinea-Bissau,...
Introduction: Guinea-Bissau Today-The Irrelevance of the State and the Permanence of Change
The Disposability of President NinoAs I was writing this introduction, Guinea-Bissau was rocked by yet another "political crisis." On the night of March 1 and 2, 2009, the army chief of staff, General Batista Tagme Na Waie, and the president of Guinea-Bissau,...
"We Work Hard": Customary Imperatives of the Diola Work Regime in the Context of Environmental and Economic Change
Abstract:Hard work is a core value among Diola rice cultivators in Guinea-Bissau. This essay explores Diola attitudes toward work in the context of recent changes in their natural and social environment. It asks why Diola maintain a particular work regime...