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The Resource Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani

Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani

Label
Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism
Title
Citizen and subject
Title remainder
contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism
Statement of responsibility
Mahmood Mamdani
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In analyzing the obstacles to democratization in post- independence Africa, Mahmood Mamdani offers a bold, insightful account of colonialism's legacy--a bifurcated power that mediated racial domination through tribally organized local authorities, reproducing racial identity in citizens and ethnic identity in subjects. Many writers have understood colonial rule as either "direct" (French) or "indirect" (British), with a third variant--apartheid--as exceptional. This benign terminology, Mamdani shows, masks the fact that these were actually variants of a despotism. While direct rule denied rights to subjects on racial grounds, indirect rule incorporated them into a "customary" mode of rule, with state-appointed Native Authorities defining custom. By tapping authoritarian possibilities in culture, and by giving culture an authoritarian bent, indirect rule (decentralized despotism) set the pace for Africa; the French followed suit by changing from direct to indirect administration, while apartheid emerged relatively later. Apartheid, Mamdani shows, was actually the generic form of the colonial state in Africa. Through case studies of rural (Uganda) and urban (South Africa) resistance movements, we learn how these institutional features fragment resistance and how states tend to play off reform in one sector against repression in the other. The result is a groundbreaking reassessment of colonial rule in Africa and its enduring aftereffects. Reforming a power that institutionally enforces tension between town and country, and between ethnicities, is the key challenge for anyone interested in democratic reform in Africa
Member of
Cataloging source
EBLCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mamdani, Mahmood
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton studies in culture/power/history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Colonies
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Despotism
  • Democracy
  • Apartheid
  • Indigenous peoples
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Apartheid
  • Colonial influence
  • Colonies
  • Democracy
  • Despotism
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Politics and government
  • Africa
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
Label
Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Customary law: the Theory of Decentralized Despotism
  • The Native Authority and the Free Peasantry
  • The anatomy of resistance
  • The Other Face of Tribalism: Peasant Movements in Equatorial Africa
  • The Rural in the Urban: Migrant Workers in South Africa
  • Conclusion: Linking the Urban and the Rural
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Thinking through Africa's Impasse
  • The structure of power
  • Decentralized Despotism
  • Indirect Rule: the Politics of Decentralized Despotism
Control code
on1029489311
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (381 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400889716
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvc620zn
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029489311
Label
Citizen and subject : contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism, Mahmood Mamdani
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Customary law: the Theory of Decentralized Despotism
  • The Native Authority and the Free Peasantry
  • The anatomy of resistance
  • The Other Face of Tribalism: Peasant Movements in Equatorial Africa
  • The Rural in the Urban: Migrant Workers in South Africa
  • Conclusion: Linking the Urban and the Rural
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Thinking through Africa's Impasse
  • The structure of power
  • Decentralized Despotism
  • Indirect Rule: the Politics of Decentralized Despotism
Control code
on1029489311
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (381 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400889716
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvc620zn
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029489311

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