Fighting Against the Injustice of the State and Globalization: Comparing the African American and Oromo Movements

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2001 - History - 216 pages
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The book examines, compares, and contrasts the African American and Oromo movements by locating them in a global context, and by showing how opportunities changed for the two peoples and their descendants as the modern world system became more complex and developed. Since the same global system that created racialized and exploitative structures in African American and Oromo societies also facilitated the struggles of these two peoples, this book demonstrates the dynamic interplay between social structures and human agency in the system. African Americans in the US and Oromos in the Ethiopian Empire developed their respective liberation movements in opposition to racial/ethnonational oppression, cultural and colonial domination, exploitation, and underdevelopment. By going beyond its focal point, the book also explores the structural limit of nationalism, and the potential of revolutionary nationalism in promoting a genuine multicultural democracy.

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Asafa Jalata is a professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Interim Chair of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His expertise focuses on the area of global studies, development and international inequality, social movements, nationalism, terrorism studies, indigenous studies, and race and ethnicity. His research currently concentrates on the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the world. Professor Jalata is the author of Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia: Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty and Multinational Democracy (2010). He has published and edited eight books and authored sixty refereed articles in regional and international journals and book chapters.

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