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. 56, No. 1, April

Africa and China: New Engagements, New Research
OverviewThe idea to put together this African Studies Review Forum was sparked more than two years ago when a group of interdisciplinary researchers prepared double panel sessions for the fifty-second Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association...
African Pentecostal Migrants in China: Marginalization and the Alternative Geography of a Mission Theology
Abstract: The city of Guangzhou, China, hosts a diverse and growing population of foreign Christians. The religious needs of investors and professionals have been accommodated through government approval of a nondenominational church for foreigners....
AIDS Policy in Uganda: Evidence, Ideology, and the Making of an African Success Story
John Kinsman. AIDS Policy in Uganda: Evidence, Ideology, and the Making of an African Success Story. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. xviii + 240 pp. Graphs. Tables. Maps. Acknowledgments. Acronyms and Abbreviations. Appendix. Notes. References. Index....
Bewitching Development: Witchcraft and the Reinvention of Development in Neoliberal Kenya
James Howard Smith. Bewitching Development Witchcraft and the Reinvention of Development in Neoliberal Kenya. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. xv + 269 pp. Figures. Notes. References. Index. $22.50. Paper.Development may be the postcolony's...
Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGYStacey A. Langwick. Bodies, Politics, and African Healing: The Matter of Maladies in Tanzania. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011. xiii + 300 pp. Illustrations. Maps. Acknowledgments. Prologue. Epilogue. Glossary. Notes....
Child Soldiers
Joanne Corbin Smith College School for Social Work Northampton, Massachusetts Jcorbin@smith. eduChristine Ryan. The Children of War: Child Soldiers as Victims and Participants in the Sudan Civil War. New York: I. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2012. viii +...
China and Africa Rebooted: Globalization(s), Simplification(s), and Cross-Cutting Dynamics in "South-South" Relations
The relationship between China and Africa in the twenty-first century is a subject whose importance for contemporary globalization and development is only matched by the entrenched disagreements on how to approach the subject conceptually. Despite significant...
China and the European Union in Africa: Partners or Competitors?
Jing Men and Benjamin Barton, eds. China and the European Union in Africa: Partners or Competitors? Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2011. xxi + 279 pp. Tables. Graphs. Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgments. Abbreviations. Index. $114.95. Cloth.China and the...
Chinese Devils, the Global Market, and the Declining Power of Togo's Nana-Benzes
Abstract: This article examines the shifting representations of and discourses produced about Chinese salesmen and their collaborators in the small West African nation of Togo. It suggests that in this context representations of China's so-called New...
Colobane Express
COLOBANE EXPRESSKhady Sylla. Colobane Express. 1999. Senegal. Wolof, with English subtitles. 52 min. Color. Les Productions de la Lanterne. ArtMattan. $195.00.Jolting public transportation, whether horse-driven carts or diesel buses, has inspired Senegalese...
Crude Existence: Environment and the Politics of Oil in Northern Angola
GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Kristen Reed. Crude Existence: Environment and the Politics of Oil in Northern Angola. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009. xiii + 323 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index....
Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures in Local Governance
Gina S. Lambright. Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures in Local Governance. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Reinner, 2011. xiv + 318 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $69.95. Cloth.Uganda's decentralization program...
From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa
Adrienne LeBas. From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. xiv + 300 pp. Figures. Tables. Acknowledgments. Bibliography. Index. $99.00. Cloth.In the 1990s Africa adopted multiparty...
Ghana, China, and the Politics of Energy
Abstract: Since the discovery of the Jubilee oil field in the Gulf of Guinea in 2007, Ghana has emerged as an oil-rich nation and emerging exporter of high-quality crude oil. Simultaneously the energy supplies available to Ghanaian citizens in everyday...
Globalization and Sustainable Development in Africa
Bessie House-Soremekun and Toyin Falola, eds. Globalization and Sustainable Development in Africa. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2011. xvii + 463 pp. Abbreviations. Selected Bibliography. List of Contributors. Index. $80.00. Cloth.This...
Improvising Medicine: An African Cancer Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic
Julie Livingston. Improvising Medicine: An African Cancer Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2012.xvi + 228 pp. Map. Photos. Preface. Acknowledgments. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $84.95. Cloth. $23.95. Paper.Improvising...
Laibon: An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners in Kenya
Elliot Fratkin. Laibon: An Anthropologist's Journey with Samburu Diviners in Kenya. Lanham, Md.: Altamira Press, xiv + 179. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $26.99. Paper.Elliot Fratkin has written an insightful, enjoyable, and very readable book about...
Live from Dar Es Salaam: Popular Music and Tanzania's Music Economy
Alex Perullo. Live from Dar es Salaam: Popular Music and Tanzania's Music Economy. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011. African Expressive Cultures Series, xxxii + 459 pp. Map. Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. References. Discography....
Morality, Hope and Grief: Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa/The Land Is Dying: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya
HEALTH AND DISEASEHansjorg Dilger and Ute Luig, eds. Morality, Hope and Grief: Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010. ? + 354 pp. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Contributors. Index. $95.00. Cloth. $37.95. Paper.Paul Wenzel...
Music, Performance and African Identities
Toyin Falola and Tyler Fleming, eds. Music, Performance and African Identities. New York and London: Routledge, 2012. ix + 346 pp. Photographs. Index. $125.00. Cloth.Much of African music scholarship is dominated by ethnomusicologists who draw on methods...
Nollywood till November Memoirs of a Nollywood Insider
LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS Charles Novia. Nollywood till November: Memoirs of a Nollywood Insider. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2012. 152 pp. $23.99. Cloth. $14.95. Paper.Novia's title is a bit obscure (November is the name of his production...
Paris My Paradise/Sisters in Law
TWO DOCUMENTARY FILMSEléonore Yaméogo, dir. Paris My Paradise. Original Title: Paris mon paradis. 2011. French, with English subtitles. 67 mins. Burkina Faso: Overlap Film (Erwann, Greec'h Roman Da Costa). No price reported.Kim Longinotto and Florence...
Perceptions of Chinese in Southern Africa: Constructions of the "Other" and the Role of Memory
Abstract: Increasing numbers of Chinese migrants have arrived in southern Africa over the past two decades. Perceptions of and reactions to the Chinese, however, vary from country to country and within countries. This article, based on several years...
Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics
Akin Adesokan. Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011. xix + 230 pp. Film stills. Bibliography. Index. $24.95. Paper.Akin Adesokan's Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics is very...
Pregnancy and Bodies of Knowledge in a South African University
Abstract: Based on a classroom encounter of the author, this article explores the gendered nature of African university space. It discusses a 2007-8 policy that banned pregnant adult students from living in the student residence halls at the University...
Remembering Work on the Tazara Railway in Africa and China, 1965-2011: When "New Men" Grow Old
Abstract: In China, Tanzania, and Zambia, state officials participate in an ongoing articulation of official memory of the TAZARA railway project of the 1970s. In high-level diplomatic relations, the TAZARA project and its construction workers are continually...
Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND GLOBALIZATION Marc Sommers. Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, xxiv + 281 pp. Photographs. Maps. Tables. Bibliography. Index. $22.95. Paper.Marc...
The Fate of the Eastern Cape; History, Politics and Social Policy
Greg Ruiters, ed. The Fate of the Eastern Cape; History, Politics and Social Policy. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2011. xvi + 352 pp. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Postscript. Appendix. Index. $44.00. Paper.This book,...
The Lords Resistance Army Myth and Reality
Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot, eds. The Lord's Resistance Army: Myth and Reality London and New York: Zed Books, 2010. xi + 356 pp. Maps. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. £19.99/$35.95. Paper.The March 2012 release of the online video titled Kony 2012...
Under Protest the Rise of Student Resistance at the University of Fort Hare
Daniel Massey. Under Protest The Rise of Student Resistance at the University of Fort Hare. Pretoria, South Africa: Unisa Press, 2010. xxiv + 310 pp. Hidden Histories Series. Forward by Marumo Moerane. Maps. Photographs. Acknowledgments. Abbreviations...
Understanding the Somalia Conflagration: Identity, Political Islam, and Peacebuilding/Milk and Peace, Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics: Essays in Honour ofI I. M. Lewis
Afyare Abdi Elmi. Understanding the Somalia Conflagration: Identity, Political Islam, andPeacebuilding. Oxford: Pluto Press, 2010. xvii +193 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $90.00. Cloth. $35.00. Paper.Markus Hoehne and Virginia Luling, eds. Milk and...
Yoruba Video Comedies: You Don't Know Lagos
Femi Adebayo. Jelili. Parts 1 and 2. 2012. Nigeria. In Yoruba with English subtitles. Epsalum Productions. 272 mins. No price reported.Tope Daramola. Ipaja si Idumota ninu BRT (Impaja to Idumota on the BRT). Parts 1 and 2. 2012. Nigeria. In Yoruba with...