The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

2312  Large
In this revealing new book, Boas and Dunn explore the phenomenon of autochthony in contemporary African politics. Autochthony discourses enable the speaker to establish a direct claim to territory by the assertion of being an original inhabitant, a native literally a son of the soil. In contemporary Africa, questions concerning origin are currently among the most crucial and contested issues in political life, as they directly relate to the politics of place, belonging, identity and contested citizenship. Thus, land claims and autochthony disputes are the hallmark of political crises in many places on the African continent.

Product information

Format : 235mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 160
ISBN 10 : 978-0-7969-2437-7
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2437-7
Publish Year : August 2013
Rights : Southern Africa Rights Only

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: conflict, land scarcity and tales of origin
2 Autochthony, melancholy and uncertainty in contemporary African politics
3 Liberia: civil war and the ‘Mandingo question’
4 Kenya: majimboism, indigenous land claims and electoral violence
5 Democratic Republic of Congo: ‘dead certainty’ in North
6 Cte d’Ivoire: production and the politics of belonging
7 Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Morten Bsis senior researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo. His recent publications include Global Institutions and Development: Framing the world? (with Desmond McNeill, 2004), New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the nation state (with James J. Hentz, 2003), African Guerrillas: Raging against the machine (with Kevin Dunn, 2007) and, most recently, International Development, Volumes IIV (with Benedicte Bull, 2010).

Kevin C. Dunnis an associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, USA. His publications include Imagining the Congo: The international relations of identity (2003), Africas Challenge to International Relations Theory (with Timothy M. Shaw, 2001), Identity and Global Politics: Theoretical and empirical elaborations (with Patricia Goff, 2004) and African Guerrillas: Raging against the machine (with Morten Bs, 2007).

Share this

You might also consider these related books

Bikopil

Biko
Philosophy, Identity and Liberation

2351

Biko was not only considered a ‘brilliant political theorist’, but is also considered ‘a formidable and articulate philosopher’. Biko was not simply and merely a philosopher in the manner in which Immanuel Kant was a philosopher, but a philosopher of a special kind, an important Africana existential philosopher. From Biko’s writings, speeches and interviews, Mabogo More’s view is that, philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas nor is it a mechanical reflection about the world; rather, it is a way of existing and acting. To be a philosopher, especially an Africana existential philosopher, is not just to hold certain views, it is a way of perceiving and a way of being in the world, what Biko himself describes as ‘a way of life’. This important perspective on Biko would be of value to many Africana philosophers of existence, African philosophers, political and social thinkers, social scientists, psychologists, cultural critics, political activists, students, critical race theorists and anyone interested in the ideas that Biko presents.

Product information

Format : 235mm x 168mm
Pages : 320
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2571-8
Publish Year : September 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 220.00
Media  And  Citizenship

Media and Citizenship
Between marginalisation and participation

2352

How central are the media to the functioning of democracy? Is democracy primarily about citizens using their vote? Does the expression of their voice necessarily empower citizens? Media and Citizenship challenges some assumptions about the relationship between the media and democracy in highly unequal societies like South Africa. In a post-apartheid society where an enfranchised majority is still unable to fundamentally practise their citizenship and experiences marginalisation on a daily basis, notions like listening and belonging may be more useful ways of thinking about the role of the media. In this context, protest is taken seriously as a form of political expression and the media’s role is foregrounded as actively seeking out the voices of those on the margins of society. Through a range of case studies, the contributors show how listening, both as a political concept and as a form of practice, has transformative and even radical potential for both emerging and established democracies.

Product information

Format : 235mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 256
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2556-5
Publish Year : August 2017
Rights : World Rights
Price R 250.00
2295  Large

Crisis! What Crisis?
The multiple dimensions of the Zimbabwean crisis

2295

Crisis! What Crisis! The Multiple Dimensions of the Zimbabwean Crisis argues that the Zimbabwean crisis is in fact a series of crises. From infrastructural problems and disease to a depreciating currency and an increasing muscular militarism, the citizens of Zimbabwe have faced an ongoing struggle to survive. The book explores the resilience of a people as they navigate the multiple challenges they face in the country of their birth. In an inter-disciplinary approach, the authors of Crisis! What Crisis! engage with issues as diverse as resource politics and livelihoods, migration and disembedment, language, and humour to demonstrate the ingenious ways in which citizens mediate the crisis. Topically, the book explores how social media offers a subversive space that flies in the face of increasing restrictions placed on conventional media within Zimbabwe and the governments aggressive efforts to suppress freedom of speech and spread their nationalist agenda. The book concludes with a sobering reflection on the past and what the future might hold.

Product information

Format : 168mm x 235mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 288
ISBN 10 : 978-07969-2383-7
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2383-7
Publish Year : 2012
Rights : World Rights
Price R 395.00