Volume 11, Issues 2 & 3 (Spring 2010)

ISSN 215-2448

Special Issue: Between Exit and Voice: Informality and the Spaces of Popular Agency

Guest Editor: Ilda Lindell

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Highlights: Special Issue, Popular Agency, Youth Dynamics, Economic Liberalization, Lusaka, Solid Waste Management, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Gender, Industrial Unionism, South Africa, Informalization, Construction Sector


Between Exit and Voice: Informality and the Spaces of Popular Agency – Introduction
Ilda Lindell  |  Abstract  |  Full Text:  PDF (1-11)

Changing Youth Dynamics in Lusaka’s Informal Economy in the Context of Economic Liberalization
Karen Tranberg Hansen  |   Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (13-27)

Between Neglect and Control: Questioning Partnerships and the Integration of Informal Actors in Public Solid Waste Management in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Axel Baudouin, Camilla Bjerkli, Yirgalem Habtemariam, and Zelalem Fenta Chekole
Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (29-42)

Gender Fictions and Gender Tensions Involving “Traditional” Asante Market Women
Gracia Clark  |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (43-66)

Informality and Casualization as Challenges to South Africa’s Industrial Unionism: Manufacturing Workers in the East Rand/Ekurhuleni Region in the 1990s
Franco Barchiesi  |  Abstract   |  Full Text: PDF (67-85)

Informalization from Above, Informalization from Below: The Options for Organization
Jan Theron  |  Abstract   |  Full Text: PDF (87-105)

Employment Relationships and Organizing Strategies in the Informal Construction Sector
Jill Wells and Arthur Jason  |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (107-124)

Book Reviews

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Adekeye Adebajo and Abdul Raufu Mustapha (eds). Gulliver’s Troubles: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy after the Cold War. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008.
Review by Akanmu G. Adebayo (125-127)

Kenji Yoshida and John Mack (eds). Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or Renaissance? Suffolk, UK: James Currey/Unisa Press. 2008.
Review by Uchendu Eugene Chigbu (127-128)

Mwenda Ntarangwi. East African Hip Hop: Youth Culture and Globalization. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
Review by Matthew J. Forss (128-130)

Charles M. Good Jr. The Steamer Parish. The Rise and Fall of Missionary Medicine on an African Frontier. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Review by Sjaak van der Geest (130-131)

Julia C. Strauss and Donal B. Cruise O’Brien (eds). Stage Politics: Power and Performance in Asia and Africa. London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2007.
Review by Joseph Tse-Hei Lee (132-134)

Emizet François Kisangani and F. Scott Bobb.  Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  3rd edition.  Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.
Review by Ashley Leinweber (134-135)

Evan Maina Mwangi.  Africa Writes Back to Self: Metafiction, Gender, Sexuality. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2009.
Review by Simon Lewis (136-137)

Terence Ranger. Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008.
Review by Steve Lichty (137-139)

Trevor Hugh James Marchand. The Masons of Djenné. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009.
Review by Kathleen Louw (139-141)

Henrik Vigh. Navigating Terrains of War: Youth and Soldiering in Guinea-Bissau. NY: Berghahn Books, 2006.
Review by Brandon D. Lundy (141-143)

Thomas Benjamin. The Atlantic World: Europeans, Africans, Indians and Their Shared History, 1400-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Review by Adel Manai (143-144)

Kjetil Tronvoll. War and the Politics of Identity in Ethiopia: the Making of Enemies and Allies in the Horn of Africa. Rochester, NY: James Currey, 2009.
Review by Ioannis Mantzikos (145-146)

William Storey, Guns Race and Power in Colonial South Africa. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Review by Aran MacKinnon (146-148)

Irene Assiba D’Almeida (ed.). A Rain of Words. A Bilingual Anthology of Women’s Poetry in Francophone Africa. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Kathy Perkins (ed.). African Women Playwrights. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
Review by Karen Ferreira-Meyers (149-150)

Thomas A. Hale. Griots and griottes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.
Review by Karen Ferreira-Meyers (150-152)

Edith Bruder. The Black Jews of Africa: History, Religion, Identity.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Richard Hull.  Jews and Judaism in African History.  Princeton, NJ:  Markus Wiener Press, 2009.
Review by William F.S. Miles (153-155)

Wangari Maathai. The Challenge for Africa. New York, NY: Pantheon Books. 2009.
Review by Eric M. Moody (155-156)

David Maxwell.  African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement.  Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2006.
Review by Andrew Novak (156-159)

Mary-Alice Waters and Martin Koppel. Capitalism and the Transformation of Africa: Reports from Equatorial Guinea. New York: Pathfinder Press, 2009.
Review by Okechukwu Edward Okeke (159-160)

Fred Morton, Jeff Ramsay, and Part Themba Mgadla. Historical Dictionary of Botswana.  4th edition. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2008.
Review by Jack Parson (160-161)

Brigid Sackey.  New Directions in Gender and Religion: The Changing Status of Women in African Independent Churches.  Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2006.
Review by Jeremy Rich (161-162)

Timothy Longman.  Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Review by Jeremy Rich (163-164)

Diana Wylie. Art and Revolution: The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele South African Artist. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008.
Review by Bala S.K. Saho (165-166)

Lisa Ann Richey. Population Politics and Development: From the Policies to the Clinics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Review by Goleen Samari (166-168)

Sylviane A. Diouf. Dreams of Africa: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Review by Eric A. Schuster (168-170)

Salah M. Hassan and Carina E. Ray (eds). Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: A Critical Reader Ithaca. NY: Cornell University Press, 2009.
Review by Sonja R Darlington (170-172)

Allula Pankhurst and Francois Piguet (eds).  Moving People in Ethiopia: Development, Displacement, and the State.  Rochester, NY: James Currey, 2009.
Review by Sonja R Darlington (172-174)

Jamie Monson. Africa’s Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
Review by Nicholas T. Smith (174-176)

Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi and Tuzyline Jita Allan (eds). Twelve Best Books by African Women: Critical Readings.  Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009.
Review by Shanique S. Streete (177-178)

Chris Coulter. Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: Women’s Lives Through War and Peace in Sierra Leone. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
Review by Laine Strutton (179-180)

Steven Nelson. From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and  Out of Africa. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago University Press, 2007.
Review by Bridget  A. Teboh (180-182)

Frank M. Chipasula (ed.). Bending the Bow: an anthology of African love poetry. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.
Review by Ken Walibora Waliaula (182-184)

Richard Reid. War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa: The Patterns and Meanings of State-Level Conflict in the Nineteenth Century.  Oxford: James Currey Publishers. 2007.
Review by Tony Waters (184-185)

Lewis R. Gordon. An Introduction to Africana Philosophy. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Review by Casey Woodling (185-187)

Katherine Homewood. Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2008.
Review by Alyson G. Young (187-189)