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    Book Review: Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday edited by Paul Higate and Mat Utas

Book Review: Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday edited by Paul Higate and Mat Utas

John Mwangi Githigaro says this volume opens wider questions of how security provision is to be analyzed and understood globally in a changing security landscapes.

Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday brings together distinguished scholars with a broad interest in peace, security, and development issues in the African continent and beyond.  The collection of essays […]

December 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

John Mwangi Githigaro says this book is a must-read for scholars interested in environmental politics and the politics of natural resources governance in Africa.

This book broadens existing scholarly debates on the political economy of Democratic Republic of Congo’s natural resources. The book is timely in helping to unravel the changing trends in resource governance post-2001. The book demonstrates the […]

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    Book Review – Citizenship, Belonging and Political Community in Africa: Dialogues between Past and Present, edited by Emma Hunter

Book Review – Citizenship, Belonging and Political Community in Africa: Dialogues between Past and Present, edited by Emma Hunter

Bronwen Manby says this book is an excellent contribution to the growing body of scholarships on issues of citizenship, belonging and political community in Africa.

The diverse set of essays in this useful and engaging volume centre around two core themes, the continuity of claims to participate and challenge authority over the longue durée of African history, and the tensions […]

November 24th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide by Bert Ingelaere

Book Review – Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide by Bert Ingelaere

Richard Moncrieff says  Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide is an excellent study for those seeking to understand both Gacaca and modern Rwanda.

 

Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts, a neo-traditional justice mechanism set up to deal with the overwhelming caseload following the 1994 Rwanda genocide, judged hundreds of thousands of people between 2005 and 2012. The courts were locally based, […]

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    Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

Book Review: Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa edited by Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske

In Ties That Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, editors Shannon Walsh and Jon Soske bring together contributors to investigate the intimacies and complicities that friendship can crystallise in the context of the histories of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. With the volume focusing on the role that friendship can play in both dismantling and constructing difference, this is a […]

Book Review: Julius Nyerere by Paul Bjerk

In a short and precise volume, Paul Bjerk succeeds in debating the legacy of Nyerere in six short chapters. The book deals with the highs and lows of Nyerere’s illustrious political career and balances this in a manner befitting a great African statesman, says Nicodemus Minde.

 

Paul Bjerk has taken keen interest in the study of Tanzania’s postcolonial history and […]

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    Book Review- Learning from the curse: Sembene’s Xala by Richard Fardon and Senga la Rouge

Book Review- Learning from the curse: Sembene’s Xala by Richard Fardon and Senga la Rouge

Dagna Rams highlights the many uses of ‘Learning from the curse’: a fun and off-beat reportage of the place and the time, a film club companion for solitary viewers, and also a book to admire visually.

 

Directed by Ousamane Sembene, former Senegalese dock worker, who in his 30s turned to writing books and then expanded to film in order to […]

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    Book Review: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising

Book Review: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising

Yovanka Perdigao describes the volume as a holistic view of Africa, standing between ‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘Africa rising’ narratives.

 

‘Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century: From the “Heart of Darkness” to “Africa Rising”‘ edited by by Mel Bunce, Suzanne Franks, and Chris Paterson is a collection of twenty-eight essays on Africa’s changing media image. It is also the first book in twenty […]

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    Book Review: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano

Book Review: Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano

Despite it not offering a solution to the migrant crisis, the book nevertheless provides a basis for understanding it, according to Yovanka Perdigao.

 

Without a doubt, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano is a must read. This book takes readers on a journey through the highly complex business of human smuggling where the lines between savior […]

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    Book Review: Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s global Somali hub by Neil Carrier

Book Review: Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s global Somali hub by Neil Carrier

Constance Smith says that the publication of Neil Carrier’s Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s global Somali hub is timely and evocative demonstration of how great opportunity can emerge out of displacement.

 

In this era of politicised austerity and global terror, the easy suspicion and scapegoating of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants of all sorts is seemingly ubiquitous. The ‘refugee crisis’ and […]

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