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Africa Spectrum
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 1868-6869 - ISSN (Online) 1868-6869
Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [1176 journals]
  • Book Review: Women in Solitary: Inside South Africa's Female Resistance to
           Apartheid by Shanthini Naidoo

    • Authors: Anirban Banerjee
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2023-01-25T05:49:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397231151967
       
  • The History of Dictatorship: Custom, Authority, and Power in Precolonial
           and Colonial Uganda

    • Authors: Yahya Sseremba
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.
      Intervening in the enduring debate on the origins of the African state, this article examines the processes of producing custom in the Ugandan societies of precolonial Bunyoro and colonial Toro to trace the development of despotism. The participatory nature of generating customary truth in Bunyoro before European domination reflects the diffusion of power in a manner that hindered absolute rule. On the contrary, in colonial Toro, the inclusive mechanisms for making custom gave way to customary law produced by the colonial government and its native chiefs. This monopoly to determine customary law disguised as custom constituted the heart of the despotism of Toro Native Authority. Derivatively, the Rwenzururu resistance against Toro domination equally assumed a despotic character because it organised itself along the logic of the authority it confronted. The study interrogates the resurgent literature that associates the contemporary African state with precolonial history.
      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2023-01-19T07:07:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221149037
       
  • Book Review: Nomades de Mauritanie by Himpan, Brigitte, and
           Himpan-Sabatier, Diane

    • Authors: Carmen de Jong
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2023-01-19T07:06:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221147063
       
  • Book Review: Nigeria and World War II, Colonialism, Empire, and Global
           Conflict by Korieh, Chima J

    • Authors: Suleiman Yakubu
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2023-01-17T01:19:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221148211
       
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    • Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-11-25T08:03:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221134879
       
  • Book Review: Africa and Sustainable Global Value Chains by Regina Frei,
           Sherwat Ibrahim and Temidayo Akenroye

    • Authors: Sören Scholvin
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-11-04T07:11:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221134635
       
  • Do Hegemonic-Party Regimes Reward or Punish Voters' A Tale of
           Distributive Politics in Tanzania

    • Authors: Francisco M.P. Mugizi, Parestico Pastory
      First page: 235
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.
      Does resource allocation by the central government to local governments in Tanzania favour opposition or the ruling party's strongholds' The literature advances two opposing theories – electoral competition and hegemonic party hypotheses. We use unique data on fiscal transfers and human resource allocations to investigate the effect of electoral support on government allocations. Contrary to the two hypotheses, we find no political bias in fiscal resources transferred to local governments. Similarly, we find no strong evidence to suggest any political bias in human resource allocation. On the whole, neither does the evidence confirm nor conclusively disconfirm the two hypotheses. The findings imply that hegemonic-parties do not necessarily opt for a discriminative strategy in intergovernmental resource allocations even after facing a threatening opposition. Flexibility in autocratic menu and the path dependence of government's social policy are likely to explain this kind of hegemonic party's allocative behaviour.
      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-11-11T03:59:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221132571
       
  • Brewing Tensions: The Colonial Gaze of the German–Namibian
           Publishing Industry

    • Authors: Tycho Alexander van der Hoog
      First page: 264
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.
      The call to decolonize African Studies has a profound influence on the field, with varying degrees of success. This article addresses this topic in relation to the author’s personal experiences in the publishing industry in Namibia. By describing the attempt to publish a historical book about Namibian beer with a well-known German–Namibian publishing house, the lingering power of German–Namibian settler colonialism becomes clear. This article renders visible the power structures within the Namibian book market that perpetuates a whitewashed version of Namibian history and argues that decolonizing knowledge cannot succeed without paying attention to the (private) publishing industry.
      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-06-15T05:23:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221105900
       
  • Catholic Missionary Work and “Political” Support: The Tokombéré
           Youth Centre Since 1974

    • Authors: Baskouda S. K. Shelley
      First page: 282
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.
      This paper studies how the Tokombéré Youth Centre, a secular place attached to the Roman Catholic Church, has led to the political formation of young people in Tokombéré, northern Cameroon. This is a place of socialisation that grew from the missionaries’ work, and which has politically guided youth since 1974 through an awakening based on empowerment and self-reliance. The Centre, with its members structured within a “government,” has helped foster the values of citizenship through activities like Youth Weeks, Kirditude days, amateur journalistic writing in the newspaper Kudumbar, and film screenings. This substitution for the state has sometimes been a source of conflict, sometimes of co-existence.
      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-07-19T06:24:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221112437
       
  • Systematic Review of Gender and Humanitarian Situations Across Africa

    • Authors: Chikezirim Nwoke, Logan Cochrane
      First page: 301
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.
      For decades, as evidenced in programming and research, the humanitarian community has recognised gender equality and equity as integral to effective programming and response. Drawing upon ninety-nine publications indexed on the Web of Science and Google Scholar, this paper explores available evidence on gender and crisis settings in Africa to synthesise and critically analyse what is being learned. We found that limited research and programming have explicitly aimed to have gender transformative impacts, and those that do fail to adequately declare or reflect on the biases and intricacies of aiming to transform social norms in complex sociocultural contexts. Additionally, this review examines the trend of the body of research, highlighting the affiliation of authors and the geographical areas of focus. Evidence shows that research in this area is dominated by scholars affiliated with institutions in the Global North, raising questions relating to knowledge production and epistemic injustice in Africa.
      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-10-06T08:39:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221128322
       
  • Between Coups and Election: Constitutional Engineering and Military
           Entrenchment in Sudan

    • Authors: Hager Ali, Salah Ben Hammou, Jonathan M. Powell
      First page: 327
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.
      This article investigates how armies re-entrench their power after thwarting democratic transitions. After the Sudanese military staged a coup in October 2021 and altered the transitional constitution, coup leader Abdelfattah al-Burhan announced the military's withdrawal in July 2022 after. We argue that these constitutional changes leveraged existing institutions in the military's favour to retain its influence over Sudanese governance. Using empirical evidence from Sudan's previous military takeovers to evaluate the post-coup constitutional engineering, the analysis finds that military control over the electoral commission as well as decentralisation will be determining factors moving forward. The timeframe between an anti-democratic coup and subsequent elections should be examined more carefully. Entrenching military power through elections requires a policy set up in advance, usually undertaken in this period. Thus, we provide key insights into how armies incrementally consolidate their power without radically overhauling existing institutions.
      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-11-16T05:44:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221136581
       
  • Book Review: Undoing Coups. The African Union and Post-coup Intervention
           in Madagascar by Antonia Witt

    • Authors: Christof Hartmann
      First page: 340
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-06-29T05:14:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221110590
       
  • Book Review: Uganda: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation by Wiegratz
           Jörg, Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco

    • Authors: Tom Goodfellow
      First page: 343
      Abstract: Africa Spectrum, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Africa Spectrum
      PubDate: 2022-10-23T02:18:16Z
      DOI: 10.1177/00020397221132567
       
 
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