With the end of the Cold War, the world seemed to move from a bipolar to a unipolar system, with the neoliberal West globally imposing its laws. However, it has been acknowledged that other actors, such as China, India and Brazil, have become increasingly influential, helping to lead to a new multipolarity at the global level. The question of what this emerging multipolarity means for Africa is important. Will Africa become crushed in a mounting struggle over raw materials and political hegemony between superpowers and fall victim to a new scramble for Africa? Or does this new historic conjuncture offer African countries and groups greater room for negotiation and manoeuvring, eventually leading to stronger democracy and enhanced growth? The chapters in this volume offer food for thought on how Africa’s engagements with the world are currently being reshaped and revalued, and, importantly—on whose terms?
edited by Ulf Engel, University of Leipzig and Manuel João Ramos, University Institute of Lisbon
This volume offers paths for African Studies researchers to understand and explain the various dimensions of African dynamics in a growingly multipolar world.
Lucy Koechlin, University of Basel
Corruption as an Empty Signifier critically explores the ways in which corruption in Africa has been equated with African politics and political order, and offers a novel approach to understanding corruption as a potentially emancipatory discourse of political transformation.
Erdmute Alber, University of Bayreuth, Jeannett Martin, University of Bayreuth, Catrien Notermans, Radboud University
Child fostering in West Africa connects classical and new kinship theory and offers ethnographic studies on a mobile and creative kinship practice.
edited by Alessandro Triulzi, Università di Napoli-L’Orientale and Robert McKenzie, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
What does it mean to cross half a continent without documents or rights? The self-told story of African migration.
edited by Christopher Cramer, Laura Hammond and Johan Pottier
This book examines the ethical and methodological issues that researchers working in conflict and other insecure environments regularly face. Based on in-depth research carried throughout Africa, the contributors discuss how they adapt to working in volatile and often dangerous fieldsites.
Lidwien Kapteijns and Annemiek Richters, eds.
Drawing on the words of African poets, singers, war veterans, and other witnesses and survivors of recent wars in Africa, this book shows how those who experienced the violence of war interpret that violence and shape and come to terms with its consequences.
Edited by Ulf Engel and Paul Nugent
Drawing on the rich contributions from various disciplines to the so-called spatial turn this edited volume offers insights into the way Africa is changing in terms of contested sovereignities and new regimes of territoriality.
Edited by Francesca Locatelli and Paul Nugent
This book examines how the unprecedented expansion of African cities, which are the products of specific histories, poses serious challenges to equitable service provision and raises contentious claims to the ownership and control of urban spaces.
Edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel and Leo de Haan
To stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances this book demonstrates that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they faced.
Edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel and Anna-Maria Gentili
This volume brings together a wide range of international experts to analyse the causes of violent conflict in Africa, to review the various approaches to conflict prevention and conflict resolution and to discuss some of the practical difficulties in ending violence.
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