Category: Book Reviews

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

Liberation movements begin as war machines animated by the desire for justice and, if successful, end up as governments clinging on to power…

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Book review

The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Edited by Andrew Emmanuel Okem and Lucky E Asuelime. Routledge, London and New York; 2018

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A salutary lesson in historical scholarship

Book review By Yunus Momoniat Mahmood Mamdani’s seminal book, published in 1996, represented an important turning point in African Studies. In it, he challenged many beliefs long-held by Africanist scholars and made bold proposals that at the time cast a new light on the nature of colonialism and its effects on, and consequences for, Africa. […]

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Betraying Africa’s young and desperate

Book review The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa by Marc Sommers, University of Georgia Press, 2015 In recent decades, a number of African countries have been wracked by war, among them Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). And in all of them, young people, […]

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Cities: why simplistic, topdown interventions will fail

New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times by AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2017 Simone and Pieterse are passionate “rogue scholars” who want to make cities more responsive to the needs of the majority of their residents, the poor and unemployed. In setting out to do so, they examine patterns of urbanisation in […]

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