Readings in African Politics

Readings in African Politics

Edited by Tom Young
Distribution: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangl
Publication date: 02/12/2004
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21646-5
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Readings in African Politics provides an overview of key topics and themes that collectively contribute to an understanding of politics in Africa. The selections included here come from a wide range of Western and non-Western sources and together represent core knowledge in the field of African politics. Topic areas covered are methods for appraising the modern African state, approaches to understanding African states and their politics, dimensions of regional conflict, conflict between traditional and modern values, the politics of new social forces, and the meaning of contemporary trends. An introductory essay by Tom Young sketches the terrain of politics in Africa from national and international efforts toward development to local problems such as corruption and ethnic conflict. Readers at all levels will find even-handed coverage of politics in sub-Saharan Africa’s more than 30 states from the early years of independence to today.

Author Bio

Tom Young is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Notes on Contributors
Introduction Tom Young
Part 1. Appraising the Modern State
1. A. Zolberg, The Party-State in Perspective from Creating Political Order: The Party States of West Africa
2. Robert H. Bates, Rental Havens and Protective Shelters and The Origins of Political Marginalism from Markets and States in Tropical Africa
3. Goran Hyden, Conditions of Governance, from No Shortcuts to Progress: African Development Management in Perspective
4. Robert H. Jackson and C. G. Rosberg, Personal Rule: Theory and Practice in Africa, extract from Comparative Politics
5. Robert Fatton, Jr., Bringing the Ruling Class Back In: Class, State, and Hegemony in Africa, from Comparative Politics
6. Jean-Francois Bayart, The State, translated from "L'Etat" in Coulon and Martin, eds., Les Afriques Politiques
7. Mahmood Mamdani, Conclusion: Linking the Urban and the Rural, from Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Colonialism
8. Patrick Chabal and Jean-Pascal Daloz, The Instrumentalization of Disorder, from Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument
Part 2. Dimensions of Conflict
9. Roy May, Internal Dimensions of Warfare in Chad, from Cambridge Anthropology
10. M. Hall and Tom Young, Mozambique at War with Itself, from Confronting Leviathan: Mozambique Since Independence
11. Toyin Falola, Confronting the State: Yakubu Yahaya and the Katsina Riot, 1991, from Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies
12. Jon Abbink, Ritual and Political Forms of Violent Practice among the Suri of Southern Ethiopia, from Cahiers d'Etudes africaines
13. Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga, The Spread of Political Violence in Congo-Brazzaville, from African Affairs
Part 3. The Local and the Traditional
14. Mitzi Goheen, Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs and Local Control: Negotiations over Land, Struggles over Meaning, from Africa
15. John Hamer, Commensality, P