Violence, Political Culture and Development in Africa
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224 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: James Currey

Violence, Political Culture and Development in Africa

Edited by Preben Kaarsholm

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This volume throws light on the ways in which violence, political culture and development have interacted in African history.
Africa has witnessed a number of transitions to democracy in recent years. Coinciding with this upsurge in democratic transitions there also have been spectacular experiences of social disintegration.
An alternative to discourses of the 'failed' and 'collapsed' state in Africa is an approach that takes seriously the complexity of historical processes, on which the political development of individual nation states was based. The chapters in this volumerun in a continuum from discussions of 'warlord politics' to an understanding of the 'new wars' in Africa as outcomes of fundamental changes in social solidarity. Wars and violent conflicts in Africa can thus be understood as responses to economic emergencies and political problems which are real, have histories, and can be engaged with constructively through both intellectual and practical efforts.

Preben Kaarsholm is Associate Professor of International Development Studies at Roskilde

Contributors include: WILLIAM RENO on state insurgencies, KOEN VLASSENROOT on eastern Congo; NIGEL ELTRINGHAM on Rwanda; DOUGLAS H. JOHNSON on Darfur; JOCELYN ALEXANDER on Matabeleland; ALESSANDRO TRIULZI on Ethiopia; PREBEN KAARSHOLM on KwaZulu-Natal; MATS UTAS on Liberia and PAUL RICHARDS on Sierra Leone.

North America: Ohio U Press
"...I gained an insight into the role of the media and communication in Africa in times of conflict and increased my understanding of conflict and its impact on all levels of African society. -" Sarah Heery, FOCUS
"An excellent book. An extremely valuable collection of essays that provides significant insights into the roots, meanings, and uses of violence in practice as well as discourse." AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
"[A] deeply interesting contribution to the controversial debate on the roots of conflict and violence and the contradictions of development in Africa....Contains a multitude of useful insights and key information that will be useful to anybody engaging with conflicts in any of the countries mentioned." DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

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9780852558942

September 2006

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Title Details

224 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: James Currey