Readings in African Politics

Readings in African Politics

Edited by Tom Young

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James Currey

Overview

Overview

Readers at all levels will find even-handed coverage of politics in sub-Saharan Africa's more than thirty states from the early years of independence to today.
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.

TOM YOUNG is Senior Lecturer in Politics with reference to Africa, SOAS, London
Contributors include: ROBERT H. BATES, GORAN HYDEN, Jean-FRANCOIS BAYART, MAHMOOD MAMDANI, PATRICK CHABAL & JEAN-PASCAL DALOZ, ROY MAY, MARGARET HALL & TOM YOUNG, TOYIN FALOLA, RICHARD FANTHORPE, MAMADOU DIOUF, AILI MARI TRIPP, BESSIE HOUSE-MIDAMBA, JOCELYN ALEXANDER, SALLY FALK MOORE, ADAM ASHWORTH

Published in association with the International African Institute
North America: Indiana U Press

Details

December 2003
256 pages
23.4x20.5 cm
Readings in...
ISBN: 9780852552575
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BIC JPA, 1H, 2AB, 3JM
BISAC LCO001000
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Table of Contents

Introduction by Tom Young
I APPRAISING THE MODERN STATE
II DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT
III THE LOCAL & THE TRADITIONAL
IV THE POLITICS OF NEW SOCIAL FORCES
V POLITICAL CHANGE

Reviews

The authors deliver a great package of geographical and thematic material. It's useful. - René Pélissier in POLITIQUE INTERNATIONALE
The introductory essay is very smart in the best sense. It does a very nice job in a short space of both laying out the main themes in the evolution of scholarship in African politics over the past forty years and of critiquing that literature, and it does so in eloquent and witty prose. - Leonard Villalón, Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida
... the student will find a wealth of empirical material ranging rather even-handedly over four decades of independence ... - Roger Charlton, Glasgow Caledonian University

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