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Title:Perspectives on ethnicity and 'race'
Editors:Sonderegger, ArnoISNI
Kraler, AlbertISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies
Volume:9
Issue:16
Pages:222
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Kenya
Namibia
Rwanda
Subjects:ethnicity
race relations
slavery
expropriation
migration
African studies
elections
2007
External link:https://stichproben.univie.ac.at/alle-ausgaben/stichproben-nr-162009/
Abstract:The essays in this issue of 'Stichproben' engage in the task of deconstructing the categories of ethnicity and 'race' with a focus on Africa. They try to understand the historical, political and social context in which such concepts have become plausible frames of reference, and how they have been popularized among a wider audience. The first two essays discuss 19th-century developments regarding the image of Africa and Africans. Ulrich Pallua analyses debates on the African slave trade and colonial slavery, while Arno Sonderegger discusses anglophone discourses on 'race' on the basis of writings of 19th-century British and African authors. Malte Thran (article in German) deconstructs a specific legal-political category, 'expropriation', within a particular colonial setting, namely former German South West Africa (Namibia). How processes of State formation in Rwanda over the past century have impacted on processes of migration and the associated discourse on migration is the focus of Albert Kraler's essay (in German). Agnes Taible investigates the micropolitics of ethnicity, taking the case of Kenya's 2007 elections as an example (article in German). Thomas Reinhardt critically engages with the American concept of Afrocentricity as promoted by Molefi Kete Asante (article in German). Finally, Henning Melber reflects on the practice, place and relevance of African Studies. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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