Madagascar: Conflicts of Authority in the Great Island

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Glossary
aggrégation: qualification for university professorship in French and Francophone institutions.
aloala: pole sculptures erected on graves of the southern Sakalava.
amponga: drum.
andevo: slave caste of the Merina.
andriana: Merina noble class.
Antalaotse: Muslim ocean traders in the coastal towns of the north.
Bourbon: seventeenth- and eighteenth-century name for the island of Réunion.
coopération: French foreign aid.
côtier: a Malagasy from the coast; by sociopolitical extension, any non-Merina.
fady: ancestral constraint on behavior ("taboo").
famadihana: ceremony of the turning of the dead and returning of the remains to the family tomb.
fanjakana: government, but more broadly encompassing the entire power establishment.
faritany: geographic and administrative region corresponding to French province.
fianakavihana: family, in the broad sense (clan).
firaisana: geographic cluster of fokontany corresponding roughly to town or French commune.
firaisam'pokontany: elected assembly of the firaisana.
fivondronana: cluster of firaisana corresponding to parliamentary electoral district or French sous-préfecture.
fivondronam'pokontany: elected assembly of the fivondronana.
foko (Fukun): clan or deme.
fokon'olona: assembly of the people, the generic institution of popular participation in government formed and re-formed in every regime since the Merina eighteenthcentury monarchy.
fokontany: physical space inhabited by a fokon'olona; villages or urban districts; basic unit of local jurisdiction.
Forces Vives: Vital Forces, several coalitions of anti-Ratsiraka parties and organizations strengthened in the general strikes of 1991, supporting Albert Zafy in the presidential elections of 1992-1993.
Francophonie: the French-speaking world and its culture.
Grande Île: Great Island, French nickname for Madagascar.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Tables and Illustrations xi
  • Preface and Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - The Virtue of Insularity 1
  • Notes 26
  • 2 - Politics: From Paternalism to Revolution 31
  • Notes 74
  • 3 - Ratsiraka's Republic: Revolution as Myth 79
  • Notes 117
  • 4 - Society in Modern Madagascar 121
  • Notes 162
  • 5 - Madagascar's Economy: Flight from Reality 168
  • Notes 213
  • 6 - Conclusion: Continuity as Revolution 220
  • Notes 236
  • Glossary 239
  • Selected Bibliography 242
  • About the Book and Author 247
  • Index 248
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