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Title:A Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi
Editor:Englund, HarriISNI
Series:Kachere book
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
ISBN:9171064990; 9990816492
Geographic term:Malawi
social change
conference papers (form)
Abstract:After thirty years of autocratic rule under 'Life President' Kamuzu Banda, Malawians experienced a transition to multiparty democracy in 1994. A new constitution and several democratic institutions promised a new dawn in a country ravaged by poverty and injustice. The papers in this collective volume present original research on the economic, social, political and cultural consequences of the new era. A new generation of scholars, most of them from Malawi, cover virtually every issue causing debate in the New Malawi: poverty and hunger, the plight of civil servants, the role of the judiciary, political intolerance and hate speech, popular music as a form of protest, clergy activism, voluntary associations and ethnic revival, responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the controversies over women's rights. Both chameleon-like leaders and the donors of Malawi's foreign aid come under critical scrutiny for supporting superficial democratization. Contributors: Gerhard Anders, Blessings Chinsinga, Reuben Makayiko Chirambo, Harri Englund, Gregory H. Kamwendo, Edrinnie Kayambazinthu, John Lwanda, Jack Mapanje, Fulata Moyo, Clement Ng'ong'ola, Ulrika Ribohn, Peter VonDoepp.