Nationalism and National Projects in Southern Africa: New Critical Reflections

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Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Sabelo J., Ndhlovu, Finex
Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013 - Social Science - 376 pages

Despite the fact that nationalism and its national projects have in recent years been severely criticised by postcolonial theorists for being fundamentalist and essentialist; by feminists for being patriarchal and exclusive; by global financial institutions for being antagonistic to development and globalisation; by Pan-Africanists for being anticontinental unity; and by those Africans born after decolonisation for being irrelevant; Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Finex Ndhlovu's book convincingly argues that nationalism has defied its death and displayed remarkable resilience and resonance. Since the end of the Cold War, what has been poignant has been the enduring contest, tensions and contradictions between the growth of various forms of transnationalism on the one hand and a resurgence of territorial as well as other narrow and xenophobic forms of nationalism on the other. In this important book, Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Ndhlovu provide new critical reflections on nationalism and its national projects in southern Africa covering South Africa, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC, a member of SADC). The national question is interrogated from different disciplinary vantage points to reveal how it impinges on contemporary challenges of nation-building, development, devolution of power, language questions, and citizenship on the one hand and ethnicity, nativism and xenophobia on the other.

 

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Contents

New Reflections on Nationalism National Projects and PanAfricanism in the TwentyFirst Century
1
PART ONE New meanings of the African National Project
37
PART TWO Nationalism Language and Freedom
119
PART THREE Culture Development and Gender
187
PART FOUR National Question Ethnicity and Citizenship
233
PART FIVE CONCLUSION
345
The Enduring Legacy of Nationalism and Relevance of National Project in the TwentyFirst Century
347
Back cover
363
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