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Title:Crises and reconstruction, African perspectives: two lectures
Authors:Leys, ColinISNI
Mamdani, MahmoodISNI
Series:Discussion paper (ISSN 1104-8417)
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
rule of law
External link:http://nai.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:276825
Abstract:In this discussion paper, Colin Leys and Mahmood Mamdani address the international crisis of development and African attempts at reconstruction. Colin Leys argues that by the late 1970s development theory had arrived at a fairly good general analysis of the development, or lack of development, that had been taking place in Africa up till then, and that it also has something to offer Africans as they confront the problem of development in the coming century. Mahmood Mamdani discusses the collapse of the paradigm of justice which animated the postwar struggle for independence in equatorial Africa, illustrated by the 'social revolution' of 1959 in Rwanda, and the ascendancy of the paradigm of rights, illustrated by postapartheid 'reconciliation' in South Africa. If Rwanda represents a case of justice without reconciliation, then South Africa is a case of reconciliation without justice. The dilemma is how to transcend the polarity between justice and reconciliation, with the author arguing that a measure of justice is a necessary ingredient for a durable reconciliation. The two lectures were originally held on 22 April 1997 at Uppsala University on the occasion of the sixtieth birthday of Lars Rudebeck, Scandinavian pioneer within multidisciplinary oriented studies of politics and development.