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Title:Violence and 'Othering' in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa: Case Study: Banda's Malawi
Author:Jones, Alison
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Geographic terms:Africa
political science
political violence
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
History and Exploration
Abstract:This paper takes binary epistemological and ontological configurations and subjects them to analytical review within the broad context of colonial and postcolonial States in Africa. During a process of conceptual interrogation, an 'othering' trend - and the violence by which the trend too often is accompanied - is traced to their colonial origins, and it is argued that the trend has been passed forward from a colonial to a postcolonial era. After a theoretical-conceptual exploration of contested spaces and silenced voices in colonial and postcolonial Africa, the paper narrows its focus to a Malawian case study, with particular reference to the Banda regime. The first section of the paper elaborates the conceptual framework and overall argumentation within which the case study is set. The paper's methodology primarily is literature and theory-based. However, the Malawian section incorporates an element of qualitative research in the form of interviews conducted by Domoka Lucinda Manda in June-July 2002 with civil society activists in Blantyre and academics on the Zomba campus of the University of Malawi. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]