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. 53, No. 2, September

Africa in the Age of Obama
With the inclusion of the following commentaries, "Africa in the Age of Obama," the African Studies Review breaks one of its cardinal rules of not accepting opinion pieces on current issues for publication. However, there is always an exception to any...
Beyond the State in Rural Uganda
Ben Jones. Beyond the State in Rural Uganda. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Ltd, 2009. xv + 199 pp. Maps. Illustrations. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $105.00. Cloth, £22.99. Paper.In 2002 Ole dai village had no NGO projects, no clinic,...
Business Visibility and Taxation in Northern Cameroon
Abstract:Through an analysis of the taxation of business activities in Adamaoua Province, Cameroon, this article aims to provide ethnographic substance to current debates about the "tax effort" in sub-Saharan Africa. Although the current mission of the...
Can We Expect More Than Symbolic Support?
Africa and the Obama PhenomenonWhen I think about the extraordinary writing and speaking phenomenon by the name of Barack Obama, who also happens to be the President of the United States of America, the most powerful country in the world, I can't help...
Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The Appropriation of a Scattered Heritage
RELIGION Afe Adogame, Roswith Gerloff, and Klaus Hock, eds. Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The Appropriation of a Scattered Heritage. London/ New York: Continuum, 2009. xiv + 354 pp. Notes. Tables. Index. $150.00, Cloth.The book comprises...
Climate Change in Africa
GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND DEMOGRAPHY Camilla Toulmin. Climate Change in Africa London/New York: Zed Books, 2009. Distributed in the USA by Palgrave MacMillan. xiii + 172 pp. Bibliography. Index. $23.95. Paper.Climate change is a challenge at many levels,...
Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Norms of Participation in Tanzania: Working against the Grain
Abstract:The "institutional turn" in contemporary development theory has emphasized the importance of facilitating the emergence of institutions that will improve citizens' abilities to make choices. More important, it has suggested that the effectiveness...
Defeating Mau Mau, Creating Kenya: Counterinsurgency, Civil War and Decolonization
Daniel Branch. Defeating Mau Mau, Creating Kenya: Counterinsurgency, Civil War and Decolonization. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. African Studies Series, xxii + 250 pp. Map. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $80.00. Cloth. $24.99 Paper.Like...
Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: The Global Consequences of Local Contradictions
Emmanuel Kreike. Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: The Global Consequences of Local Contradictions. Princeton, N.J.: Marcus Wiener Publishers, 2010. xviii + 224 pp. Maps, Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $88.95 Hardcover. $28.95 Paper.In Deforestation...
Developments in African Governance since the Cold War: Beyond Cassandra and Pollyanna
Abstract:Twenty years ago, most African countries seemed permanently mired in malgovernance and repression. The end of the Cold War triggered two contrasting developments: governance improvement associated with the end of superpower competition, and...
Diary Evidence for Political Competition: Mambila Autoethnography and Pretensions to Power
Abstract:An examination of personal diaries kept by Mambila people in Somié village, Cameroon, shows that everyday occurrences and small events, whose importance may have been overlooked at the time and which were forgotten soon after they took place,...
Early Soyinka
Bernth Lindfors. Early Soyinka Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2008. vii + 281 pp. Photographs. Notes. Index. $29.95. Paper.The result of Bernth Lindfors' research on early Soyinka is brought together here as a tribute to the poet, and as a service...
East African Hip Hop: Youth, Culture and Globalization
LANGUAGES, LITERATURE, AND ARTS Mwenda Ntarangwi. East African Hip Hop: Youth, Culture and Globalization. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009. Interpretations of Culture in the New Millennium Series, xi + 1 76 pp. Appendix. Glossary....
Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies
Katherine Homewood. Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies. Oxford: James Currey; Athens: Ohio University Press; Pretoria: Unisa Press, 2009. xii + 292 pp. Photos. Tables. Figures. Bibliography. Index. $55.00. Cloth. $26.95. Paper.Katherine Homewood...
Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature
GENDER Tobe Levin and Augustine H. Asaah, eds. Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature Banbury, U.K.: Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd., 2009. Distributed by Lynne Rienner Publishers, xxi + 218 pp. Notes and References. Index. euro16.99/$26.50...
Faction Fights, Student Protests, and Rebellion: The Politics of Beer-Drinks and Bad Food in the Transkei, South Africa, 1955-63
Abstract:This article examines two cases of conflict from the Transkei region of South Africa. In the first instance in 1955, young men caught up in a stick fight after drinking beer were arrested, tried, and convicted, and they received harsh sentences...
Francis Jeanson: A Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War
Marie-Pierre Ulloa. Francis Jeanson: A Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War. Translated by Jane Marie Todd. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2007, ? + 359 pp. Chronology. Notes. Archival Sources. Bibliography....
From Revolution to Rights in South Africa: Social Movements, NGO's and Popular Politics after Apartheid
Steven L. Robins. From Revolution to Rights in South Africa: Social Movements, NGO's and Popular Politics after Apartheid. Rochester, NY. : James Currey, 2008. xvi + 192 pp. List of Abbreviations. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $95.00. Cloth.Steven...
Gangs, Politics and Dignity in Cape Town
Steffen Jensen. Gangs, Politics and Dignity in Cape Town. Oxford: James Currey; Chicago; The University of Chicago Press; Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2008. xx + 21 2 pp. Maps. Photographs. Figures. Bibliography. Index. $65.00. Cloth. $24.00....
Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics
Michael Bar nett and Thomas G. Weiss, eds. Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics. Ithaca, N. Y: Cornell University Press, 2008. xii + 303 pp. Abbreviations. Figures. Tables. Contributors. Notes. Index. $55.00, Cloth. $19.95.With contributions...
Introduction
The euphoria greeting the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States seized the popular imagination in Africa, much as it did in the U. S. There was hope and enormous goodwill on the continent, derived from President...
Land-Marked: Land Claims and Land Restitution in South Africa/Land, Power and Custom: Controversies Generated by South Africa's Communal Land Rights Act
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND GLOBALIZATIONCherry I Walker. Land-Marked: Land Claims and Land Restitution in South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana Media; Athens: Ohio University Press, 2008. xii + 292 pp. Abbreviations. Maps. Photographs. Tables....
Making Headway. the Introduction of Western Civilization in Colonial Northern Nigeria
Andrew E. Barnes Making Headway. The Introduction of Western Civilization in Colonial Northern Nigeria Rochester, N. Y: University of Rochester Press, 2009. Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, xii + 330 pp. Maps. Graphs. Abbreviations....
Moving People in Ethiopia: Development, Displacement, and the State
ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT Alula Pankhurst and Francois Piguet, eds. Moving People in Ethiopia: Development, Displacement, and the State. Oxford: James Currey, 2009. xiii +301 pp. Acronyms. Bibliography. Index. Map. Tables. Glossary. Notes. $90.00. Cloth.Scholars...
Putting Africa's House in Order to Deal with Developmental Challenges
However proud Africans must be to have a person of African descent in the White House, they should have no illusions as to how much President Barack Hussein Obama can do for Africa. Africans must put their own house in order for purposes of dealing successfully...
Shades of Belonging: African Pentecostals in Twenty-First Century Ireland
Abel Ug ba. Shades of Belonging: African Pentecostals in Twenty-First Century Ireland. Trenton, N.J., and Asmara: Africa World Press, 2009. xii + 284 pp. Diagrams. Bibliography. Index. $29.95. Paper.In the last decade of the twentieth century Ireland...
Superb Intentions and U.S. Policy Constraints
Barack Obama's election was an extraordinary event in American and world history, but already in his second year as president, the luster and the popularity of the Obama administration has faded, even among many who mobilized to elect him. In addition...
Surfaces: Color, Substances, and Ritual Applications on African Sculpture
Leonard Ka han. Donna Page, and Pascal Imperato, eds. Surfaces: Color, Substances, and Ritual Applications on African Sculpture. Bloomington Indiana University Press, 2009. 536 pp. 122 Color Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $75.00. Cloth.Surfaces was...
The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange
ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY David Baronov. The African Transformation of Western Medicine and the Dynamics of Global Cultural Exchange. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008. ix + 248 pp. References. Index. $54.50. Cloth.David Baronov has published...
The Case against Afrocentrism
Tunde Adeleke. The Case against Afrocentrism. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009. xiv + 223 pp. Bibliography. Index. $50.00. Cloth."I am a child of seven generations of Africans who have lived in America," writes Molefi Asante in An Afrocentric...
The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood and Ethno-Religious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast
Janet Mcintosh, The Edge of Islam: Power, Personhood and Ethno-Religious Boundaries on the Kenya Coast. Durham, N. C1 and London: Duke University Press, 2009. xiv + 326 pp. Note on Language. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $84.95. Cloth. $23.95. Paper.It...
The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996-2006
Filip Reyntjens. The Great African War: Congo and Regional Geopolitics, 1996-2006. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. xi + 327 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index. $90.00. Cloth.It is not easy to write a comprehensive book on the Congo wars that began...
Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences
LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS Luc Huyse and Mark Salter, eds. Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences. Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, 2008. xiv + 203 pp. List...
Views from below on the Pro-Poor Growth Challenge: The Case of Rural Rwanda
Abstract:This article focuses on the Rwandan peasantry to confirm how "views from below" can contribute to a better understanding of the "pro-poor" growth challenge. Based on micro-level evidence gathered in 2007, it examines local peasants' perceptions...
Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa
HISTORY Christine Saidi. Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2010. xiv + 190 pp. Maps and Figures. List of Illustrations. Acknowledgments. Bibliography. Index. $85.00.Christine Saidi...
Zuma: A Biography
MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHY Jeremy Gordin. Zuma: A Biography. Johannesburg and Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2008. xix + 307. Photographs. Notes. Sources. Index. $20.95. Paper.One way of understanding the timing of Jeremy Gordin's biography of Jacob...
Zunami! the 2009 South African Elections
Roger Southall and John Daniel, eds. Zunami! The 2009 South African Elections. Auckland Park: Jacana Media; Dunkeld, South Africa: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2009. xiv + 300 pp. List of Contributors. Statistical Notes. List of Abbreviations. Tables....