Researching Power and Identity in Africa State Formation

Comparative Perspectives

By Martin Doornbos, Wim van Binsbergen

This book illuminates key aspects of how, historically, the dynamics of power and identity interact in the African context, generating the kind of political structures and collective actions that have often appeared characteristic of the continent. It examines some salient dimensions of the broader frameworks of hegemony and power imposed upon African societies in the context of larger geopolitical and historical processes. Power and identity are two key concepts which can be applied in describing African realities. The interaction and connections between the two concepts are, moreover, of key importance in the African context. In common with other scholars in this area of study, the authors acknowledge that underlying their work is a compelling fascination with the continent's evolving social and cultural forms. Their insight into African social reality reflects a fragile and fragmented continent capable of bringing forth a great variety of agents and actors in the interplay of social and political power: power vested in a variety of groups, ethnicities, religions, or classes, with potential to impose on the identity of others. (Series: African Studies / Afrikanische Studien, Vol. 57) [Subject: African Studies, Politics, Sociology]

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ISBN: 9783643908520