Volume 15, Issue 1 (September 2014)

ISSN: 2152-2448

Special Issue: Local Communities and the State in Africa

Guest Editors: Parakh Hoon and Lauren M. MacLean 

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Highlights: Special Issue, Local Communities, the State, Housing Cooperatives, Community Based Natural Resource Management, Citizenship, Clientelism, Electoral Violence, Botswana, Ghana, Zimbabwe


Introduction — Local Communities and the State in Africa
Parakh Hoon and Lauren M. MacLean |  Full Text: PDF (1-11)

Bread and Freedom: Linking Democracy and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
Kirk Harris  |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (13-35)

Housing Cooperatives and the Politics of Local Organizations and Representation in Peri-Urban Harare, Zimbabwe
Innocent Chirisa, Marilyn Gaza and Elmond Bandauko  |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (37-53)

Elephants are Like Our Diamonds: Recentralizing Community Based Natural Resource Management in Botswana, 1996-2012
Parakh Hoon  |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (55-70)

Financial Performance of Local Government in Limpopo Province, 2010-2012
Majuta Judas Mamogale   |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (71-92)

Citizen or Client? An Analysis of Everyday Politics in Ghana
Lauren M. MacLean   |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (93-124)

Party Youth Activists and Low-Intensity Electoral Violence in Ghana: A Qualitative Study of Party Foot Soldiers’ Activism
George M. Bob-Milliar   |  Abstract  |  Full Text: PDF (125-152)

Review Essay

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Not the Heart of Darkness: Introducing a Borderland Perspective to the Study of Conflict

  • Benedikt Korf and Timothy Raeymaekers, eds. 2013. Violence on the Margins: States, Conflict, and Borderlands. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 289 pp
  • Andreas Dafinger. 2013. The Economics of Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Burkina Faso. Rochester, NY: James Currey. 212 pp. Review by Guy Lancaster (153-155)

Additional Book Reviews

Ronke Iyabowale Ako–Nai, ed. 2013. Gender and Power Relations in Nigeria. Lanham: Lexington Books. 350 pp.
Review by Mar Rodriguez (157-158)

Ronald Aminzade. 2013. Race, Nation, and Citizenship in Postcolonial Africa: The Case of Tanzania. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 425 pp.
Review by M. Victoria Gorham (158-159)

Kwame Anthony Appiah. 2014. Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 227 pp.
Review by Christopher Allen Varlack (160-161)

Andrew Bank and Leslie J. Bank, eds. 2013. Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and Her Interpreters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 354pp.
Review by Voudina Ngarsou (161-162)

Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie Van de Peer. 2013. Art and Trauma in Africa: Representations of Reconciliation in Music, Visual Arts, Literature and Film. London: Tauris. 325 pp.
Review by Charlotte Baker (162-163)

Catherine Boone. 2014. Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press. 416 pp.
Review by Leila Demarest (164-165)

Clifton Crais and Thomas V. McClendon, eds. 2014. The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, and Politics. Durham: Duke University Press. 605 pp.
Review by Sarah Hanisch (165-167)

Sebastian Elischer. 2014. Political Parties in Africa: Ethnicity and Party Formation. New York: Cambridge University Press. 336 pp.
Review by Nicholas Knowlton (167-168)

Peter Geschiere. 2013. Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: Africa in Comparison. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 293 pp.
Review by Uchenna Onuzulike (168-170)

Susan Gilson-Miller. 2013. A History of Modern Morocco. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 306 pp.
Review by Brahim El Guabli (170-171)

Richard Grant. 2015.  Africa: Geographies of Change.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 356 pp.
Review by Heidi Frontani (171-173)

John Hannigan. 2012. Disasters without Borders: The International Politics of Natural Disasters. New York: Polity Press. 195 pp.
Review by Tony Waters (173-174)

Zelda La La Grange. 2014. Good Morning, Mr Mandela. New York: Allen Lane. 370 pp.
Review by Suraj Yengde (174-176)

Laurenti Magesa. 2013. What is Not Sacred?: African Spirituality. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 256 pp.
Review by John Williams (176-178)

Chrispen Matsika. Traditional African Education: Its Significance to Current Educational Practices. Harare, Zimbabwe: Mambo Press. 206 pp.
Review by Eustace Palmer (178-180)

Temitope B. Oriola. 2013. Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 243 pp.
Review by Olawari D.J Egbe (180-182)

Adebayo Oyebade, ed. 2014. The United States’ Foreign Policy in Africa in the 21st Century. Durham: Carolina Academic Press. 202 pp.
Review by William A. Taylor (182-183)

Terence Ranger. 2013. Writing Revolt: An Engagement with African Nationalism, 1957-67. Woodbridge, UK: James Currey. 206 pp.
Review by Myles Osborne (183-184)

Robin Law, Suzanne Schwarz, and Silke Strickrodt, eds. 2013. Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade, and Slavery in Atlantic Africa. Woodbridge: James Currey. 272 pp.
Review by Gordon R. Barnes Jr. (185-186)

Vivian Seton, Konrad Tuchscherer, and Arthur Abraham, eds. 2013. The Autobiography of an African Princess: Fatima Massaquoi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 274 pp.
Review by Tamba E. M’bayo (186-188)

Chantal Zabus. 2013. Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures and Cultures. Suffolk, UK: James Currey. 298 pp.
Review by Matthew Durkin (188-189)