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The Resource Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani

Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani

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Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism
Title
Citizen and subject
Title remainder
contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism
Statement of responsibility
Mahmood Mamdani
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In analyzing the obstacles to democratization in post- independence Africa, Mahmood Mamdani offers a bold, insightful account of colonialism's legacy--a bifurcated power that mediated racial domination through tribally organized local authorities, reproducing racial identity in citizens and ethnic identity in subjects. Many writers have understood colonial rule as either "direct" (French) or "indirect" (British), with a third variant--apartheid--as exceptional. This benign terminology, Mamdani shows, masks the fact that these were actually variants of a despotism. While direct rule denied rights to subjects on racial grounds, indirect rule incorporated them into a "customary" mode of rule, with state-appointed Native Authorities defining custom. By tapping authoritarian possibilities in culture, and by giving culture an authoritarian bent, indirect rule (decentralized despotism) set the pace for Africa the French followed suit by changing from direct to indirect administration, while apartheid emerged relatively later. Apartheid, Mamdani shows, was actually the generic form of the colonial state in Africa. Through case studies of rural (Uganda) and urban (South Africa) resistance movements, we learn how these institutional features fragment resistance and how states tend to play off reform in one sector against repression in the other. Reforming a power that institutionally enforces tension between town and country, and between ethnicities, is the key challenge for anyone interested in democratic reform in Africa
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1946-
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Mamdani, Mahmood
Dewey number
320.96/09/045
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Princeton studies in culture/power/history
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  • Colonies
  • Despotism
  • Democracy
  • Apartheid
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Apartheid
  • Colonial influence
  • Colonies
  • Democracy
  • Despotism
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Politics and government
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Africa
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Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-337) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : thinking through Africa's impasse -- Decentralized despotism -- Indirect rule : the politics of decentralized despotism -- Customary law : the theory of decentralized despotism -- The native authority and the free peasantry -- The other face of tribalism : peasant movements in equatorial Africa -- The rural in the urban : migrant workers in South Africa -- Conclusion : linking the urban and the rural
Control code
ocm33104682
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 353 pages
Isbn
9780691011073
Lccn
95025318
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-337) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : thinking through Africa's impasse -- Decentralized despotism -- Indirect rule : the politics of decentralized despotism -- Customary law : the theory of decentralized despotism -- The native authority and the free peasantry -- The other face of tribalism : peasant movements in equatorial Africa -- The rural in the urban : migrant workers in South Africa -- Conclusion : linking the urban and the rural
Control code
ocm33104682
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 353 pages
Isbn
9780691011073
Lccn
95025318
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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