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    Book Review: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions by Jason Hickel

Book Review: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions by Jason Hickel

Dagna Rams argues that ‘The Divide’ by Jason Hickel offers a journey through fascinating arguments, facts, and figures, which exist in a schizophrenic state – on the one hand, some of them are still far from mainstream discussions about global development, especially in the West and, on the other hand, they are often invoked by the likes of Noam […]

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    Book Review: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall

Book Review: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce by James Copnall

Nicodemus Minde recommends ‘A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts’ to students and practitioners of peace and conflict in Africa. According to him, the book offers an excellent socio-political and economic analysis of the two Sudans from the time of the divorce in 2011.

Having served as the BBC Sudan correspondent from 2009 to 2012, James Copnall in this updated edition […]

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    Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Book Review: Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts (eds.)

Rhian Keyse recommends this book as essential reading for scholars and practitioners engaging in work to analyse and intervene in gender-based violence on the African continent and elsewhere.

Forced marriage in sub-Saharan Africa is a source of much international debate, especially with recent legal and policy attention to the role of such practices in conflict situations. Well-reported instances such as […]

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    Book Review: The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

Book Review: The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay by Christopher Clapham

Christopher Clapham should be commended for synthesising a career of scholarship on the Horn of Africa into a short volume written in fluid and engaging prose. Those seeking an introduction to a region which defies easy explanation would struggle to find a better foundational text in paperback, says Nick Branson.

 

An authority on the Horn of Africa for half a […]

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    Book Review: Africa’s Return Migrants: The New Developers? by Lisa Åkesson and Maria Eriksson Baaz (eds)

Book Review: Africa’s Return Migrants: The New Developers? by Lisa Åkesson and Maria Eriksson Baaz (eds)

While Northern policy discourse and the national development policies of African countries focus on the economic value of returnee migration, the contributions in Africa’s Return Migrants: The New Developers? emphasise the role of social capital in managing a successful return, says Constance Smith.

 

In December 2016, the British media made much of the story that the newly-elected President of the […]

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    Book Review: Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier

Book Review: Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier

In Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier set out to offer solutions to the flawed system of refugee management that has gained increasing attention through the emergence of the crisis discourse surrounding migration. While this ambitious book sets out to challenge this through restoring a narrative of hope, Gayle Munro questions whether its underlying optimism […]

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    Book Review: Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 election by J. Oloka-Onyango & Josephine Ahikire (eds)

Book Review: Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 election by J. Oloka-Onyango & Josephine Ahikire (eds)

In light of recent debates about the need to decolonise education across Africa, Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 election provides well-researched, broadly insightful articles predominantly authored by lecturers and affiliates of one of Uganda’s foremost academic institutions. It is an important, comprehensive and timely collation of material on the increasingly authoritarian character of the state in Uganda, says Jamie Hitchen.

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    Book Review: Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users edited by Wendy Willems and Winston Mano

Book Review: Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users edited by Wendy Willems and Winston Mano

Peter Chonka argues that the volume provides stimulating contributions that highlight the importance of changing media technologies in the ‘everyday’ lives of people on the African continent.

 

Featuring rich ethnographic and textual material – ranging from the phone use of Zanzibari hijabi ‘ninjas’ to a Zimbabwean tabloid’s take on the ‘Bulawayo penis prophet’ – the publisher’s generic series cover image […]

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    Book review – South Sudan: A new history for a new nation by Douglas H. Johnson

Book review – South Sudan: A new history for a new nation by Douglas H. Johnson

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends South Sudan: a new history for a new nation to those wanting to gain a general understanding of the history of South Sudan, as well as seeking an introduction to it.

 

There are precious few history books about South Sudan that look beyond its recent origins. South Sudan: a new history for a new nation is an […]

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    Book review – African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernisation in Ivory Coast by Abou Bamba

Book review – African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernisation in Ivory Coast by Abou Bamba

Dagna Rams says the book should be useful to those who already have a good knowledge of Ivorian history, and would like to obtain a more in-depth understanding of the country’s development.

During the early independence era, it was in African countries that two ideologies – capitalist and socialist – sought to prove their modernising potential. On the one hand, […]

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