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Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews 2017

Here at the Africa at LSE blog, we love bringing to the attention of the public books about Africa. As the year draws to an end, here are our most popular book reviews of 2017. Some great reviews and books haven’t made this list, do visit the book reviews section of our blog to discover more.

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Book Review: Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr

Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
This book opens with a meditation on how Africa’s fate has long – since Antiquity – been decided from the outside. Its central thesis calls for the continent to move forward in a new way, locating itself at the centre. ‘Se penser, se répresenter, se projeter’ [To […]

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    Book Review: Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy by Steve Itugbu

Book Review: Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy by Steve Itugbu

Nicodemus Minde says Steve Itugbu’s book is an excellent contribution to the FPA scholarship and especially in understanding the challenges of personalization of foreign policy in Africa.

Having worked as media and foreign policy aide to Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Steve Itugbu analyzes the centrality of personality in Nigeria’s foreign policy. Drawing from official documents, interviews and unpublished documents during the […]

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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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