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. 54, No. 2, September

Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature: "On Est Ensemble"
LANGUAGES, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS Cheryl Toman. Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature: "On est ensemble." Birmingham, Ala.: Summa Publications, 2008. vii + 185 pp. Bibliography. Index. $45.95. Cloth.Cheryl Toman's Contemporary...
Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana's Time of AIDS
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY Frederick Klaits. Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion During Botswana's Time of AIDS. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 352 pp. $24.95. Paper. $60.00. Cloth. Available in E-book ($20.00) and Kindle ($9.99).Until...
Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa
William Storey. Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. xvi + 380 pp. Tables. Maps. Figures. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $85.00. Cloth.The superficially self-evident statement that colonial South...
Informal Economies and Urban Governance in Nigeria: Popular Empowerment or Political Exclusion?
Abstract:This article examines how popular organizational strategies and coping mechanisms affect broader trajectories of urban governance in contemporary Africa. Does the proliferation of informal livelihood networks and associations foster economic...
Insights from the Cocoa Regions in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana: Rethinking the Migration-Conflict Nexus
Abstract:Although many scholars have noted the salience of mobility throughout the African continent, there has been little systematic investigation into the link between migration and conflict. Most scholarship has tended to see migration as primarily...
New World Disorder: Black Hawk Down and the Eclipse of U.S. Military Humanitarianism in Africa
Abstract:This article argues that Ridley Scott's film Black Hawk Down (2001) may be seen with the benefit of historical hindsight as a portrait of the fear of imperial overreach and failure as written through the psyche of elite U.S. soldiers. In Black...
Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa
HISTORY Jonathan Miran. Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. 400 pp. Note on Language. Maps. Photos. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $75.00. Cloth. $27.95. Paper.In...
Revisiting "Mandingization" in Coastal Gambia and Casamance (Senegal): Four Approaches to Ethnic Change
Abstract:"Mandingization," the gradual process of cultural change whereby Jola peoples of the Casamance region of southern Senegal are becoming more like their Mandinka neighbors, is analyzed in this article as comprising four distinguishable processes:...
Silence, Disobedience, and African Catholic Sisters in Apartheid South Africa
Abstract:This article considers the choices made during the apartheid era by Catholic sisters who were members of one of the largest orders for African women, the Montebello Dominicans, based in KwaZulu-Natal, and one of the smallest orders, the Companions...
Teacher and Comrade: Richard Dudley and the Fight for Democracy in South Africa
MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHY Alan Wieder. Teacher and Comrade: Richard Dudley and the Fight for Democracy in South Africa. Albany: State University of New York Press. 2008. 175 pp. Photographs. Glossary. Sources. Index. $65.50. Cloth. $29.95. Paper.In South...
Tensions and Reversals in Democratic Transitions: The Kenya 2007 General Elections
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND GLOBALIZATION Karuti Kanyinga and Duncan Okello, eds. Tensions and Reversals in Democratic Transitions: The Kenya 2007 General Elections. Nairobi: Society for International Development, in conjunction with the Institute...
The Informal Sector in Jinja, Uganda: Implications of Formalization and Regulation
Abstract:This article examines two policies targeting the informal open-air market and fishing sectors in Jinja, Uganda. The informal sector has grown to become a significant source of livelihood for people in growing cities such as Jinja. At the same...
The Participation of SADC and ECOWAS in Military Operations: The Weight of National Interests in Decision-Making
Abstract:Over the last decade, African regional organizations have gained considerable scope in peacekeeping and peace enforcement. Two subregional organizations in particular, ECOWAS and SADC, have gathered significant experience in military interventions...
The Slave Trade and Abolition Revisited
THE SLAVE TRADE AND ABOLITION REVISITED Herbert S. Klein. The Atlantic Slave Trade. New Edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xx + 242 pp. Maps. Figures. Tables. Appendix. Bibliographic Essay. Index. $90.00. Cloth. $24.99. Paper.David...
The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe: Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964
Timothy Scarnecchia. The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe: Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008. Studies in African History and the Diaspora Series, no. 35. xvi + 224 pp. List...
Update on the Women's Movement in Botswana: Have Women Stopped Talking?
Abstract:Across Africa in the early twenty-first century, autonomous women's movements have transformed the political landscape. With their support, African women are lobbying for constitutional reforms, entering political office in unprecedented numbers,...
Women's Land Rights and Privatization in Eastern Africa
LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS Birgit Englert and Elizabeth Daley, eds. Women's Land Rights and Privatization in Eastern Africa. Eastern Africa Series. 2008. James Currey, Fountain Publishers, EAEP, and E&D Vision Publishing. 180 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index....
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