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. 1, April

Africa: Unity, Sovereignty and Sorrow
Pierre Englebert. Africa: Unity, Sovereignty and Sorrow. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009. xiv + 301 pp. Tables. Figures. Notes. Acronyms. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $26.50. Paper.Why don't things fall apart, at least when the...
"A School in the Interior" African Studies: Engagement and Interdisciplinary
Abstract:This article explores the intellectual traditions of African studies, focusing on the central principles of interdisciplinarity and commitment to social and racial justice. Tracing the origins of the field to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century...
Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville: Mothers and Sisters in Troubled Times
HISTORY Phyllis Martin. Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville: Mothers and Sisters in Troubled Times. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. xiv + 262 pp. List of Abbreviations. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $24.95....
Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY Myriam Denov. Child Soldiers: Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xi + 246 pp. Map. Notes. References. Index. $85.00. Cloth. $28.99. Paper.Child Soldiers is a comprehensive...
Democracy and Peace in the Age of Globalization: Old Problems, New Challenges for Africa
Abstract:This article considers the impact of globalization on peace and democracy, especially in Africa. Peace is essential for orderly life and democracy is the paramount political value of our epoch. Are democracy and globalization compatible? They...
Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND GLOBALIZATIONLarry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner, eds. Democratization In Africa: Progress and Retreat. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Endowment for Democracy, 2010. A Journal of Democracy...
Do Ethnic Groups Retain Homogenous Preferences in African Politics? Evidence from Sierra Leone and Liberia
Abstract:It is frequently argued that ethnic groups across Africa retain homogenous preferences stemming from a sense of collective identity and shared destiny, and that they unvaryingly prefer the same outcomes in zero-sum competitions for scarce resources....
Fabrication of Empire: The British and the Uganda Kingdoms, 1890-1902
D. A. Low. Fabrication of Empire: The British and the Uganda Kingdoms, 1B90-1902. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xix + 361 pp. Bibliography. Index. $111.00. Cloth.Anthony Low is arguably the most comprehensive British historian of the British...
Farm Intensification and Milk Market Expansion in Meru, Tanzania
Abstract:In Meru, Tanzania, technological and institutional change has turned milk into one of the most reliable and important sources of income for smallholder households. Decades of increased population density have caused land scarcity, leading smallholders...
Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-Drumming Community in Ghana: Our Music Has Become a Divine Spirit
LANGUAGES, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS James Burns. Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-Drumming Community in Ghana: Our Music Has Become a Divine Spirit. SOAS Musicology Series. Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing. 2009. vii + 215 pp. Photographs. Glossary. Interviews....
Guns and Governance in the Rift Valley: Pastoralist Conflict and Small Arms
Kennedy Agade Mkutu. Guns and Governance in the Rift Valley: Pastoralist Conflict and Small Arms. African Issues. Oxford: James Currey; Bloomington: Indiana University Press; Kampala: Fountain Publishers; Johannesburg: Jacana Media; Nairobi: E. A. E....
How God Became African: African Spirituality and Western Secular Thought
Gerrie ter Haar. How God Became African: African Spirituality and Western Secular Thought. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. pp. ix + 120 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $34.95. ClothGerrie ter Haar's How God Became African: African...
Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora
Pier M. Larson. Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xx + 378 pp. List of Figures. List of Maps, Tables, and Graphs. Archives Abbreviations. Index. $108.00. Cloth. $35.99....
Ousmane Sembène: The Making of a Militant Artist
Samba Gadjigo. Ousmane Sembène: The Making of a Militant Artist. Translated by Moustapha Diop. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. xxvi + 188 pp. Illustrations. Biographical chronology. Index. $50. Cloth. $19.95. Paper.Three years ago, Samba...
Raoul Peck's Lumumba and Lumumba: La Mort Du Prophète: On Cultural Amnesia and Historical Erasure
Abstract:This article examines two films by Raoul Peck-Lumumba: La mort du prophète (1992) and Lumumba (2000) that offer vastly divergent methods for remembering, memorializing, and meditating on the life and death of Patrice Lumumba. Peck succeeds in...
Religion and Poverty: Pan-African Perspectives
RELIGIONPeter Paris, ed. Religion and Poverty: Pan-African Perspectives. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 2009. xxiv + 360 pp. Notes. Contributors. Index. $89.95. Cloth. $24.95. Paper.According to the foreword by Jacob Olupona, this book represents...
The Atlas of World Hunger
GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Thomas J. Bassett and Alex Winter-Nelson. The Atlas of World Hunger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. xiii + 201 pp. Maps. Figures. Tables. Photographs. Appendixes. Notes. Bibiography. Index. $45.00....
The Crown and the Pen: The Memoirs of a Lawyer Turned Rebe
MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHY Bereket Habte Selassie. The Crown and the Pen: The Memoirs of a Lawyer Turned Rebel. Trenton, N.J., and Asmara, Eritrea: The Red Sea Press, 2007. 350 pp. Index. $29.95. Paper.The memoir is an underdeveloped genre in Africa. Some...
The Negotiations of Nigerian Seamen in the Transition from Colonialism to Independence: Smuggling to Make Ends Meet
Abstract:This article examines the economic and cultural opportunities Nigerian seamen exploited in the context of their work and travels throughout the colonial era, and the impact of decolonization on their livelihoods and self-conception. During the...
The Politics of Government Expenditures in Tanzania, 1999-2007
Abstract:What allocation strategy do hegemonic party regimes pursue in order to increase their level of electoral support? Although the literature has established that targeting resources to marginally supportive districts is the most effective distributive...
The Rights and Wrongs of Land Restitution: "Restoring What Was Ours."
LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS Derrick Fay and Deborah James, eds. The Rights and Wrongs of Land Restitution: "Restoring What Was Ours." New York: Routledge-Cavendish, 2009. xx + 288 pp. Tables. Figures. Notes. References. Index. $75.00. Cloth.Land restitution...
The Rise of African Studies (USA) and the Transnational Study of Africa
Abstract:Among Africanists, one of the remarkable events of 1957 was the founding of the African Studies Association. Commentaries on the association's history are slight and understandably celebratory. Exploration of archival and related sources, however,...

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