Epistemologies of African Conflicts

Epistemologies of African Conflicts
Author: Z. Wai
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2012-12-05
ISBN: 1137280808
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epistemologies of African Conflicts Book Excerpt:

This book offers a bold, ground-breaking epistemological critique of the dominant discourses on African conflicts. Based on a painstaking study of the ways in which the Sierra Leone civil war has been interpreted, it considers how Africa is constructed as a site of knowledge and the implications that this has for the continent and its people.

Epistemologies of African Conflicts

Epistemologies of African Conflicts
Author: Z. Wai
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2015-11-08
ISBN: 9781349447879
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epistemologies of African Conflicts Book Excerpt:

This book offers a bold, ground-breaking epistemological critique of the dominant discourses on African conflicts. Based on a painstaking study of the ways in which the Sierra Leone civil war has been interpreted, it considers how Africa is constructed as a site of knowledge and the implications that this has for the continent and its people.

Epistemologies of African Conflicts

Epistemologies of African Conflicts
Author: Z. Wai
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2012-12-05
ISBN: 9781137280794
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epistemologies of African Conflicts Book Excerpt:

This book offers a bold, ground-breaking epistemological critique of the dominant discourses on African conflicts. Based on a painstaking study of the ways in which the Sierra Leone civil war has been interpreted, it considers how Africa is constructed as a site of knowledge and the implications that this has for the continent and its people.

Combatants in African Conflicts

Combatants in African Conflicts
Author: Simon David Taylor
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2022-04-29
ISBN: 1351065440
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Combatants in African Conflicts Book Excerpt:

This book focuses on the different types of combatants in conflicts in Africa, exploring the fine lines between what might be classified as a militia in one conflict, a rebel in another, or a terrorist in a third. Drawing on the work of Carl von Clausewitz, this book provides a conceptually stable and analytically sound new typology on combatants. Analysing the relationships between state and society, and drawing on Clausewitz's Trinity of passion, chance, and reason, the book presents a set of five types of armed actors: Professionals, Praetorians, Militias, Insurgents, and Mercenaries. Each type is developed through a close reading of foundational theoretical texts, reviews of contemporary studies, and a historical analysis of their unique characteristics. Unlike a reductionist binary perspective, this typology accounts for the dynamic, complex, and evolving relationships of these actors with the state and society. A typology of combatants in conflicts in Africa can provide avenues for more in-depth analysis of such conflicts and holds implications for Security Sector Reform projects and other peace-building programmes. As such, this book will be an essential reference for scholars and students of African Politics and Military and Security Studies.

Politics of Human Network in African Conflicts

Politics of Human Network in African Conflicts
Author: Okano, Hideyuki
Publsiher: Langaa RPCIG
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2019-01-10
ISBN: 9956550183
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Politics of Human Network in African Conflicts Book Excerpt:

Sierra Leone experienced 11 years’ civil war after the incursion of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) from adjacent Liberia. The war of Sierra Leone is one of the most researched in Africa. However, the foci of studies are mostly on the RUF. Other armed groups are not sufficiently studied. This book focuses on the governmental side of the Kamajor and the Civil Defence Force (CDF). Kamajors were community-based vigilantes mobilised by paramount chiefs in various Mende communities. During the course of the war, the government organised Kamajors into a pro-governmental militia, the CDF. This book examines how human networks worked in the course of the formation of Kamajor and of the CDF. Even though the roles of human networks have been discussed in the realm of African politics, they have been left hypothetical. Few studies demonstrate the whole picture on how neopatrimonialism, patron–client relations or informal networks function within an organisation. This book describes the course of Kamajor/CDF along with functions of the human networks. In the networks, the threads of human relations are interwoven by subsuming the local, the international and the global dimensions of the armed conflict. Some connect to governmental figures. Others have transnational networks in adjacent Liberia. In the changing situations of the war, some of the relations are maintained, while some relations are disintegrated. Those who emerge as prominent figures in the Kamajor/CDF use their own human networks to obtain resources for the Kamajor/CDF, which in turn, afford themselves higher positions in the force.

Modern African Conflicts An Encyclopedia of Civil Wars Revolutions and Terrorism

Modern African Conflicts  An Encyclopedia of Civil Wars  Revolutions  and Terrorism
Author: Timothy J. Stapleton
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2022-06-30
ISBN: 1440869707
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Modern African Conflicts An Encyclopedia of Civil Wars Revolutions and Terrorism Book Excerpt:

Armed conflict represents a substantial part of African history since around 1960, yet this history is either insufficiently taught or overshadowed by negative stereotypes about African "tribal warfare." In an effort to introduce this vital topic to students and general readers alike, this one-volume encyclopedia provides concise historical information on conflicts that occurred in post-colonial Africa. The entries cover all the regions of Africa (North, West, Central, East, and Southern); the Cold War and post–Cold War periods; a range of important leaders; various types of conflicts from civil wars and insurgencies to conventional military engagements; involvement of foreign powers; and such themes as airpower, women and war, and genocide.

Conflicts in Curriculum Theory

Conflicts in Curriculum Theory
Author: João M. Paraskeva
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2011-07-04
ISBN: 023011962X
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conflicts in Curriculum Theory Book Excerpt:

This book challenges educators to be agents of change, to take history into their own hands, and to make social justice central to the educational endeavor. Paraskeva embraces a pedagogy of hope championed by Paulo Freire where people become conscious of their capacity to intervene in the world to make it less discriminatory and more humane.

African Frontiers

African Frontiers
Author: John Idriss Lahai,Tanya Lyons
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2016-03-23
ISBN: 1317184300
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Frontiers Book Excerpt:

Through a multidisciplinary approach, African Frontiers counters the superficial, Eurocentric and gender insensitive dominant discursive representation of Africa within the discourse of war and conflict management, and security and peace/nation-building. The chapters historicize and theorize the realities in postcolonial African states, and the ramifications on the continents future. Situating the study within the context of the prevailing cultural and geo-political realities in the postcolonial African states, the chapters illustrate the complex ways in which events and processes are experienced at the local level, and how these local realities in turn impact and shape the patterns of political and military engagement in Africa and beyond. Organized along three major themes: Insurgency, governance and peacebuilding, expert researchers from around the world contribute chapters on: Rebel and insurgent formations such as the RUF, the LRA, and Boko Haram; state governance and corruption; terrorism and counter terrorism; security and peacebuilding; focussing on the tensions and challenges facing post-conflict societies such as Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and the newest nation-state on the continent, South Sudan. This highly significant and topical study problematizes the impact of wars on African nations, as well as the epistemological framing of the local realities and fallouts of armed conflict on post-colonial states.

Female Combatants in Conflict and Peace

Female Combatants in Conflict and Peace
Author: Seema Shekhawat
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2015-07-21
ISBN: 1137516569
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Female Combatants in Conflict and Peace Book Excerpt:

This edited volume illuminates the role of women in violence to demonstrate that gender is a key component of discourse on conflict and peace. Through an examination of theory and practice of women's participation in violent conflicts, the book makes the argument that both conflict and post-conflict situations are gender insensitive.

Decolonisation after Democracy

Decolonisation after Democracy
Author: Laurence Piper
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2020-05-21
ISBN: 0429788541
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Decolonisation after Democracy Book Excerpt:

Decolonisation after Democracy addresses the provocative idea that we need to rid higher education of lingering forms of colonial knowledge. This matters because in the colonial era much knowledge was put to the service of subjugating indigenous peoples, and the assumptions from this era may linger into the present. Examples of deep-rooted and ‘foundational’ forms of knowledge that carry colonial traits are normative binaries such as ‘civilised and backward’, ‘modern and traditional’ and ‘rational and superstitious’. In addition, some accounts of positive values like freedom, equality, justice and democracy may hide the assumption that the western experience is the norm, from which other kinds are rendered imitations, deviations or pathologies. In this collection, some of South Africa’s leading political scientists and academics engage with the challenge of decolonising knowledge in the research and teaching of politics. It includes new insights about the state, international relations, clientelism, statesociety relations and land reform; and introduces new ways to engage the colonial library, curriculum reform, and the marginality of historically black institutions. Finally, the contributors deal with the decolonial challenge posed by the #FeesMustFall student movements, reflecting on issues of revolutionary politics and gender and sexual violence. This book was originally published as a special issue of Politikon.

Recentering Africa in International Relations

Recentering Africa in International Relations
Author: Marta Iñiguez de Heredia,Zubairu Wai
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2018-02-22
ISBN: 3319675109
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Recentering Africa in International Relations Book Excerpt:

This innovative book responds to an existing demand for taking Africa out of a place of exception and marginality, and placing it at the center of international relations and world politics. Bringing together a number of scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds to stage a critical intervention into the problematic ways Africa is accounted for in the dominant discourses of international relations and global politics, it challenges the structural and epistemic biases of IR that render the contributions of the continent invisible, and situates the continent as a global region that exists beyond notions of lack, disorder, and failure. Through these interventions, the volume contributes to a rethinking of IR, and the conditions of possibility for imagining a world otherwise beyond frames that fetishize Africa paradoxically as transparent and invisible.

International Relations from the Global South

International Relations from the Global South
Author: Arlene B. Tickner,Karen Smith
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2020-05-21
ISBN: 1317629558
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

International Relations from the Global South Book Excerpt:

This exciting new textbook challenges the implicit notions inherent in most existing International Relations (IR) scholarship and instead presents the subject as seen from different vantage points in the global South. Divided into four sections, (1) the IR discipline, (2) key concepts and categories, (3) global issues and (4) IR futures, it examines the ways in which world politics have been addressed by traditional core approaches and explores the limitations of these treatments for understanding both Southern and Northern experiences of the "international." The book encourages readers to consider how key ideas have been developed in the discipline, and through systematic interventions by contributors from around the globe, aims at both transforming and enriching the dominant terms of scholarly debate. This empowering, critical and reflexive tool for thinking about the diversity of experiences of international relations and for placing them front and center in the classroom will help professors and students in both the global North and the global South envision the world differently. In addition to general, introductory IR courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels it will appeal to courses on sociology and historiography of knowledge, globalization, neoliberalism, security, the state, imperialism and international political economy.

Domination Through Law

Domination Through Law
Author: Mohamed Sesay
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-01-16
ISBN: 1538146320
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Domination Through Law Book Excerpt:

Through a comparative study of state reconstruction in Sierra Leone and Liberia, this book critically examines the impact of rule of law internationalization as a means of social domination in post-colonial Africa.

Globalization in Africa

Globalization in Africa
Author: Usman A. Tar,Etham B. Mijah,Moses E. U. Tedheke
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 442
Release: 2016-10-28
ISBN: 0739196391
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Globalization in Africa Book Excerpt:

This book critically examines the impact of globalization on development, security, and the environment in Africa. It assesses multiple fronts of crises unleashed by globalization: development and governance, peace and security, and environment and sustainability. This edited volume also identifies and discusses the challenges and opportunities that globalization poses to African states and societies.

Extreme Violence and the British Way

Extreme Violence and the    British Way
Author: Michelle Gordon
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 275
Release: 2020-10-29
ISBN: 1350156906
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Extreme Violence and the British Way Book Excerpt:

Analysing three cases of British colonial violence that occurred in the latter half of the 19th century, this book argues that all three share commonalities, including the role of racial prejudices in justifying the perpetration of extreme colonial violence. Exploring the connections and comparisons between the Perak War (1875–76), the 'Hut Tax' Revolt in Sierra Leone (1898–99) and the Anglo-Egyptian War of Reconquest in the Sudan (1896–99), Gordon highlights the significance of decision-making processes, communication between London and the periphery and the influence of individual colonial administrators in outbreaks of violence. This study reveals the ways in which racial prejudices, the advocacy of a British 'civilising mission' and British racial 'superiority' informed colonial administrators' decisions on the ground, as well as the rationalisation of extreme violence. Responding to a neglect of British colonial atrocities within the historiography of colonial violence, this work demonstrates the ways in which Britain was just as willing and able as other European Empires to resort to extreme measures in the face of indigenous resistance or threats to the British imperial project.

Criminalized Power Structures

Criminalized Power Structures
Author: Michael Dziedzic
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2016-07-18
ISBN: 1442266325
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Criminalized Power Structures Book Excerpt:

Criminalized power structures (CPS) are illicit networks that profit from transactions in black markets and from criminalized state institutions while perpetuating a culture of impunity. The book articulates a typology for assessing the threats of CPS and for implementing appropriate strategies to achieve sustainable peace.

International Security and Peacebuilding

International Security and Peacebuilding
Author: Abu Bakarr Bah
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2017-01-30
ISBN: 0253023904
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

International Security and Peacebuilding Book Excerpt:

The end of the Cold War was to usher in an era of peace based on flourishing democracies and free market economies worldwide. Instead, new wars, including the war on terrorism, have threatened international, regional, and individual security and sparked a major refugee crisis. This volume of essays on international humanitarian interventions focuses on what interests are promoted through these interventions and how efforts to build liberal democracies are carried out in failing states. Focusing on Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, an international group of contributors shows that best practices of protection and international state-building have not been applied uniformly. Together the essays provide a theoretical and empirical critique of global liberal governance and, as they note challenges to regional and international cooperation, they reveal that global liberal governance may threaten fragile governments and endanger human security at all levels.

Everyday resistance peacebuilding and state making

Everyday resistance  peacebuilding and state making
Author: Marta Iñiguez de Heredia
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2017-04-27
ISBN: 1526108798
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everyday resistance peacebuilding and state making Book Excerpt:

This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making addresses debates on the liberal peace and the policies of peacebuilding through a theoretical and empirical study of resistance in peacebuilding contexts. Examining the case of 'Africa's World War' in the DRC, it locates resistance in the experiences of war, peacebuilding and state-making by exploring discourses, violence and everyday forms of survival as quotidian acts that attempt to challenge or mitigate such experiences. The analysis of resistance offers a possibility to bring the historical and sociological aspects of both peacebuilding and the case of the DRC, providing new nuanced understanding on these processes and the particular case. The book also makes a significant contribution to the theorisation of resistance in International Relations.

War Politics and Justice in West Africa

War  Politics and Justice in West Africa
Author: Gberie, Lansana
Publsiher: Sierra Leonean Writers Series
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2015-08-06
ISBN: 9991092188
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

War Politics and Justice in West Africa Book Excerpt:

This book collects articles and reviews the author wrote for various publications, academic and journalistic, over the past 10 to 14 years. They are not arranged in chronological order, but there is a consistent underlying theme: the author’s reaction to war, politics and transitional justice in Africa, with a particular focus on Sierra Leone and Liberia. He has studied these two countries more intimately than all others; but this book includes articles on Ivory Coast, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Human Rights in Sierra Leone 1787 2016

Human Rights in Sierra Leone  1787 2016
Author: John Idriss Lahai
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2018-10-16
ISBN: 0429887582
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Human Rights in Sierra Leone 1787 2016 Book Excerpt:

This book offers an up-to-date, comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis of the multifaceted and evolving experiences of human rights in Sierra Leone between the years 1787 and 2016. It provides a balanced coverage of the local and international conditions that frame the socio-cultural, political, and economic context of human rights: its rise and fall, and concerns for the broader engendered issues of the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism, women’s struggle for recognition, constitutional development, political independence, war, and transitional justice (as well as "contributive justice," which the author introduces to explain the consequences of the problems of the temporal nature of transitional justice, and the crisis of donor fatigue towards peacebuilding activities), local government, democracy, and constitutional reforms within Sierra Leone. While acknowledging the profound challenges associated with the promotion of human rights in an environment of uncertainty, political fragility, lawlessness, and deprivation, John Idriss Lahai sheds light on the often-constructive engagement of the people of Sierra Leone with a variety of societal conditions, adverse or otherwise, to influence constitutional change, the emergent post-coflict discourse on "contributive justice," and acceptable human rights practice. This book will be of interest to scholars in West African history, legal history, African studies, peace and conflict studies, human rights and transitional justice.