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Title:Bondage of boundaries and identity politics in Postcolonial Africa: the 'Northern problem' and ethno-futures
Editors:Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J.ISNI
Mhlanga, BrilliantISNI
City of publisher:Pretoria
Publisher:Africa Institute of South Africa
ISBN:0798303913; 9780798303910
Geographic terms:Northeast Africa
Southern Africa
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
South Africa
Subjects:minority groups
nation building
Abstract:This book introduces the metaphor of the 'Northern problem' to dramatize the fact that there is no major African postcolonial State that does not enclose within its borders a minority that is complaining of marginalization, domination and suppression. The articles assembled deal with various empirical cases of ethno-national conflicts throughout the African continent as well as issues as Pan-Africanism, space, languages, conflict, security, nation-building, war on terror, secession, migration, citizenship, militias, liberation and violence. Contents: Introduction: Borders, identities, the 'Northern problem' and ethno-futures in postcolonial Africa (Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni & Brilliant Mhlanga). Part 1: Space, boundaries and contours of the 'northern problem' - Space matters: rethinking spatiality in discourses of colonial and postcolonial 'boundaries' (Kudzai Matereke); Africa in search of (in)security: beyond the bondage of boundaries (Eric George & Nazar Hilal); State-building, conflict and global war on terror in the Horn of Africa (Redie Bereketeab); The burden of 'national languages' and the bondages of linguistic boundaries in postcolonial Africa (Finex Ndhlovu). Part 2: Autochthons, minorities and politics of secession - 'Northern problem': postcolony, identity and political [in]stability in Cote d'Ivoire and Togo (Kwesi Aning & Naila Salihu); Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni struggle and the logic of spectacle (Austin Tam-George); The state and the 'southern problem' in Sudan: marginalisation, self-determination and secessionism (Aleksi Ylönen); The Anglophone problem and the secession option in Cameroon (Eric Ebolo Elong); Manumission from black-on-black colonialism: sovereign statehood for the British Southern Cameroons (Carlson Anyangwe). Part 3: Migration, conflict, citizenship and violence - A quest for belonging: migration, identities and the politics of belonging in Africa (Joseph Mujere); 'Discipline and disengagement: cross-border migration and the quest for identity among the Ndebele of South-western Zimbabwe (Vusilizwe Thebe); Homo sacer: citizenship, exclusion and irregular labour migration from Matebeleland, Zimbabwe, to South Africa (France Maphosa); Colonialism, postcolonial violence and repression: reflections on the northern question in Uganda (Fredrick Kisekka-Ntale); Ethnicity, conflicts and the rise of militia groups in Nigeria (Godwin A. Vaaseh). Part 4: Territorial nationalism, regionalism and pan-Africanism - The betrayal of liberation: on the limits to emancipation under post-liberation governments in Southern African post-settler societies (Henning Melber); Sovereignty, self-determination and the challenges of nation building in contemporary Africa (Olayode Kehinde Olusola); The 'northern problem': is pan-Africanism or regionalism the answer? (John Akokpari, Claire Price & Kristen Thompson); Pan-Africanism and African regional economic integration (Michael O. Bonchuk). [ASC Leiden abstract]