Book Reviews

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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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    Book Review: The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil wars, by Douglas H Johnson

Book Review: The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil wars, by Douglas H Johnson

For readers interested in really engaging with the historical depth of the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan, The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars by Douglas H Johnson should be required reading, says Richard Stupart.

 

There are few, if any, contemporary historians as well versed in the history of the Sudans as Douglas H. Johnson, and this sixth edition […]

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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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