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Challenges to the nation-state in Africa

Author: Adebayo O Olukoshi; Liisa Laakso; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.; Helsingin yliopisto. Kehitysmaainstituutti.
Publisher: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, in cooperation with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The challenges facing the nation-state in contemporary Africa are increasingly attracting the attention of scholars interested to understand how the decomposition and recomposition of popular political identities on the continent are affecting the post-colonial (secular) unitary project. The studies presented in this volume show that the challenges to the post-colonial nation-state project in Africa have mainly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adebayo O Olukoshi; Liisa Laakso; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.; Helsingin yliopisto. Kehitysmaainstituutti.
ISBN: 9171063811 9789171063816
OCLC Number: 35012416
Notes: Seminar held in Helsinki, at the end of Jan. 1995.
Description: 213 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The crisis of the post-colonial nation-state project in Africa / Liisa Laakso (33 p.). --
Changing notions of the nation-state and the African experience : / Liisa Laakso (10 p.). --
The weakness of strong states : / Jibrin Ibrahim (24 p.). --
The deepening crisis of Nigerian federalism and the future of the nation-state / Adebayo O Olukoshi (28 p.). --
Ghana : / E.O Akwetey (34 p.). --
The nation-state project and conflict in Zimbabwe / Lloyd M Sachikonye (18 p.). --
The national question in Zaire : / Ernest Wamba-dia-Wamba (14 p.). Christianity and Islam contending for the throne on the Tanzanian mainland / Nestor N Luanda (15 p.). --
Resuscitating the majimbo project : / Mutahi Ngunyi (30 p.). --
The crisis of the post-colonial nation-state project in Africa / Liisa Laakso (33 p.). --
Changing notions of the nation-state and the Africa experience : / Liisa Laakso (10 p.). --
The weakness of "strong states" : / Jibrin Ibrahim (24 p.). --
The deepening crisis of Nigerian federalism and the future of the nation-state / Adebayo O Olukoshi (28 p.). --
Ghana : / E.O Akwetey (34 p.). --
The nation-state project and conflict in Zimbabwe / Lloyd M Sachikonye (18 p.). --
The national question in Zaire : / Ernest Wamba-dia-Wamba (14 p.). --
Christianity and Islam contending for the throne on the Tanzanian mainland / Nestor N Luanda (15 p.). --
Resuscitating the Majimbo project : / Mutahi Ngunyi (30 p.).
Responsibility: edited by Adebayo O. Olukoshi and Liisa Laakso.

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"The challenges facing the nation-state in contemporary Africa are increasingly attracting the attention of scholars interested to understand how the decomposition and recomposition of popular political identities on the continent are affecting the post-colonial (secular) unitary project. The studies presented in this volume show that the challenges to the post-colonial nation-state project in Africa have mainly taken ethno-regionalist, religious, and separatist forms. These challenges have been shaped and exacerbated by the environment of steep, long-drawn out economic crisis, zero-sum, market-led structural adjustment, and the legacy of decades of political authoritarianism and exclusion that dates from the colonial period. The contributors to the book argue the position that, among other things, more representative forms of government, power sharing, electoral pluralism, the re-invention of the post-colonial "social contract" (and with it public institutions), cultural autonomy for minority groups, and the devolution of power are central ingredients in any efforts at promoting national unity and a supporting civic identity in Africa."--Jacket.

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