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Title:Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa
Editors:Englund, HarriISNI
Nyamnjoh, Francis B.ISNI
Series:Postcolonial encounters
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Zed Books
ISBN:1842772821; 184277283X
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
human rights
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Abstract:The demand for recognition comes to the fore in the current politics of nationalism, in the aspirations of minority groups, in some forms of feminism and in the movement of multiculturalism. Common to these diverse political agendas is the idea that the lack of recognition inflicts harm that threatens the very existence of nations, minorities and other disadvantaged groups. This collective volume asks what the study of Africa can contribute to understanding the politics of recognition and relates the flourishing of the politics of recognition to the increasingly global movement of claiming rights. The volume grew from two conference sessions held in Harare in June 2001 and in Uppsala in October 2001. Following the introduction by H. Englund, contributions deal with the rhetoric of rights in Botswana (F.B. Nyamnjoh); the rhetoric of human rights in Malawi (F.E. Kanyongolo); democratization and the rhetoric of rights in post-apartheid South Africa (K. Johnson and S. Jacobs); political discourse on human rights in Uganda (U. Halsteen); problems of recognition of the deaf community in Kenya (M.S. Andersen); gendered inequality in Mauritius (S. Bunwaree); elections in Mozambique (B.E. Bertelsen); voluntary associations in Burkina Faso (S. Hagberg); language, religion and identity in polyethnic Eritrea (Redie Bereketeab); the 1994 forest law, the issue of 'local community' and external elites in Cameroon (P. Geschiere); Epilogue: the new dialogue with post-liberalism (R. Werbner). [ASC Leiden abstract]