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Title:Imperialism, the national question and the politics of 'class formation' in Uganda
Author:Nabudere, D.W.ISNI
Year:1978
Periodical:Utafiti
Volume:3
Issue:1
Pages:141-191
Language:English
Geographic terms:Uganda
Great Britain
Subjects:political conditions
class formation
colonialism
Abstract:Critical review of M. Mandani's 'Politics and class formation in Uganda' (London, Heinemann, 1976). While Mamdani's treatment of his subject matter is clearly neo-Marxist, clearly a 'work of art' and his analysis of class contradictions on the basis of race (British, Asian and African) and tribe highly 'imaginative and subtle', the reviewer would add that 'the work is unscientific, eclectic and petty-bourgeois'. The reviewer accuses Mamdani of not understanding imperialism. Having no concept of finance capital, he has dual vision about the 'territorial economy', and, lacking in understanding of the national question, he is unable to comprehend the principal contradiction in Uganda. The reviewer also finds that there are serious theoretical flaws in Mamdani's understanding of the state and the ruling class and his book is a 'manifesto to adventurism'. Notes.
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