Society, State, and Identity in African History

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Bahru Zewde
African Books Collective, 2008 - Law - 430 pages
The Fourth Congress of the Association of African historians was held in Addis Ababa in May 2007. These 21 papers are a key selection of the papers presented there, with an introduction by the distinguished historian Bahru Zewde. Given the contemporary salience and the historical depth of the issue of identity, the congress was devoted to that global phenomenon within Africa. The papers explore and analyse the issue of identity in its diverse temporal settings, from its pre-colonial roots to its cotemporary manifestations. The papers are divided into six parts: Pre-Colonial Identities; Colonialism and Identity; Conceptions of the Nation-State and Identity; Identity-Based Conflicts; Migration and Acculturation; and Memory, History and Identity. The authors are scholars from Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Bahru Zewde is Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University, Executive Director of the Forum for Social Studies, and Vice-President of the Association of African Historians. He was formerly Chairperson of the Department of History and Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University. Amongst his publication is A History of Modern Ethiopia 1855-1991.
 

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Contents

La problématique des identités précoloniales au Bas Kasaï
11
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23
Les confusions françaises
73
Colonialisme et identité Bangala en Afrique centrale
87
De la vision coloniale de l Islam Noir a lIslam sénégalais
105
Anywaa Identity Politics
123
La surethnicisation des centres urbaines
155
The Politics of Ndebele
167
Identity Politics and Resource Conflict in Nigerias Niger Delta
257
Paradoxical
275
Migrant Chewa Identities and their Construction through Gule Wamkulu
299
Limpact des migrations Peules sur les canons de lartisanat et
311
Gender and Migration in Colonial Botswana to 1966
331
Histoire et références identitaires des populations du basSaalum
351
Exorcising the Ghosts of Memory in a West
367
Mémoires plurielles constructions nationales et défi de lintégration
395

IdentityBased Conflicts
201
Crise identitaire et lutte de leadership dans la région des Grands Lacs
217
The Contexts of Colonialism and Ethnicity in IndigeneSettler
231
Contested Histories at the Ends of Apartheid
411
Contributors
427
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