Africa Books

From Africa Renewal: 
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Afrique centrale: crises économiques et mécanismes de survies, eds. Didier Pidika Mukawa and Gérard Tchouassi (CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal, 2005; 354 pp; $35)

Africa’s Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging by Francis B. Nyamnjoh (Zed Books, London, UK, 2005; 320 pp; hb £60, $85, pb £18.95, $29.95)

Citoyen et sujet — L’Afrique contemporaine et l’héritage du colonialisme tardif by Mahmood Mamdani (Editions Karthala, Paris , France , 2004; 424 pp; €29)

Central Africa: Crises, Reform and Reconstruction by E.S.D. Fomin and John W. Forje (CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal, 2005; 272 pp; $25)

Urban Africa : Changing Contours of Survival in the City, eds. AbdouMaliq Simone and Abdelghani Abouhani (Zed Books, London , UK , 2005; 320 pp; hb £55, $85, pb £18.95, $29.95)

The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria by Andrew Apter (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA, 2005; 296 pp; pb $24, hb $60)

Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. French (Knopf Publishing Group, New York, USA, 2005; 320 pp; pb $15)

African Voices on Development and Social Justice: Editorials from Pambazuka News 2004, eds. Firoze Manji and Patrick Burnett (Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, Tanzania , 2005; 304 pp, $34.95, £17.95)

Démocratie et développement en Afrique de l’Ouest: mythe et réalité, ed. Elizabeth Annan-Yao (CODESRIA, Dakar , Senegal , 2005; $30)

Helping the Poor? The IMF and Low-Income Countries, eds. Jan Joost Teunissen and Age Akkerman (FONDAD, The Hague , the Netherlands , 2005; 253 pp, pb €17.50)

Le Financement dans les systemes educatifs d’Afrique subsaharienne, eds. Jean Bernard Rasera, Jean-Pierre Jarousse et al (CODESRIA, Dakar , Senegal , 2005; 200 pp; pb £16.95, $24.95)

Liberal Democracy and Its Critics in Africa: Political Dysfunction and the Struggle for Social Progress, ed. Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo (Zed Books, London, UK, 2005; 240 pp; hb £65, $85, pb £18.95, $29.95)

Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa, eds. Harri Englund and Francis B. Nyamnjoh (Zed Books, London, UK, 2004; 304 pp; hb £49.95, $75, pb £15.95, $25)

Poverty, Income Distribution and Labour Markets in Ethiopia, eds. Bigsten Arne, Abebe Shimeles and Bereket Kebede (The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, 2005; 200 pp; pb SEK220, £16.95, €22)

The Power of Continuity: Ethiopia Through the Eyes of Its Children by Eva Poluha (The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden 2004; 217 pp; pb SEK270, €27, £18.95, $32.50)

Prostitution, la mondialisation incarnée: Points de vue du Sud, ed. Richard Poulin (Alternatives Sud, Paris, France, 2005; 239 pp; pb €13, $17)

Armed and Aimless: Armed Groups, Guns and Human Security in the ECOWAS Region, eds. Nicolas Florquin and Eric G. Berman (Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005; 391 pp)

The “leakage” of state-owned weapons through theft, seizure and corruption is a primary source of small arms for many armed groups in West Africa, concludes this new study by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, an independent research project. It documents more than 30 armed groups that have operated in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) since 1988, when the inter-governmental group adopted a moratorium on the production and trade of light weapons in the region. “This book greatly enhances our knowledge and understanding of the regional dynamics of armed conflict in West Africa,” comments Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for West Africa. To read or obtain a copy of the report, visit the website: www.smallarmssurvey.org.

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