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Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa : Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

Author: Hiroyuki Hino; John Lonsdale; Gustav Ranis; Frances Stewart
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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A challenge to the conventional idea that ethnic diversity is an important cause of Africa's poor economic performance.
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Hino, Hiroyuki.
Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa : Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hiroyuki Hino; John Lonsdale; Gustav Ranis; Frances Stewart
ISBN: 9781139528870 1139528874
OCLC Number: 804664914
Notes: 8: Horizontal inequalities and market instability in Africa.
Description: 1 online resource (356 pages)
Contents: Cover; Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa; Title; Copyright; Contents; Figures; Tables; Contributors; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Findings of development economics and their limitations; Introduction; Diversity and development; Diversity and democracy; Diversity and volatility; Introduction to the book and some concluding thoughts; References; Part I: Demystifying ethnicity; 1: Ethnic patriotism and markets in African history; Introduction: the contingencies of history; Moral ethnicity and political tribalism: patriotisms in the longue durée. Case studies: an outlineWest Africa; East Africa; Southern Africa; Conclusions; References; 2: The concept of ethnicity: strengths and limitations for quantitative analysis; Introduction; What is 'ethnicity'?; How do we operationalise 'ethnicity'?; How do we measure diversity and disparity?; Pure diversity measures; Synthetic measures of ethnic disparity; Geographical distribution and ethnic diversity: segregation indices; Economic distribution and ethnic diversity; Political distribution and ethnic diversity; Conclusions; References; 3: Essence of ethnicity: an African perspective. IntroductionEthnic fluidity in pre-colonial Kenya; Ethnicity and colonial administrative boundaries; Administrative boundaries, local authorities and ethnicity; The construction of ethnicity and tradition: the struggle for ethnic sovereignty; From ethnic to national sovereignty; Ethnicity and power; The establishment of Kalenjin ethnic sovereignty; Ethnic wars of conquest; Ethnicity and constitutionalism; Conclusion; References; Part II: Does ethnic diversity hinder economic development?; 4: State, ethnicity and economy in Africa; Introduction; Constitution and market; Kenya: a case study. Absence of constitutional orderState: hindrance to observance of constitution and consequent instability; Subordination of society; Obstacles to the functioning of market economy; Conclusion; References; 5: Ethnic politics, economic reform and democratisation in Africa; Introduction; The social construction of African ethnicities; The state, nationalism and the politics of patronage; Neo-liberal reform and social decay; Democracy and disorder: African nations and the conflicts of autochthony; African ethnicity and nationalism as shadow and portent; References. 6: Evidence from spatial correlation of poverty and income in KenyaIntroduction; Background; Summary and conclusions; References; Part III: Relationships between ethnicity and stability; 7: Belonging, exclusion and ethnic competition; Introduction; Ethnicity's facets and fluidity: 'race', language and culture; Ethnicity in Africa; Roots of conflicts; Territorial confinement: countries as cages, and continents too; Aid, trade and mobility; Belonging and sovereignty; Ethnic discord and economic instability; A concluding caveat; References.

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