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African Studies Centre - 2007 publications
Education & Sciences, 8 Jan. 2008
Africa Yearbook 2006

In 2007 the African Studies Centre in Leiden has launched another series of research publications dealing with Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and other countries. Some of the subjects covered: Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa, migrants and economy of the city, support networks in rural areas, rural development programmes, and biofuel.
 
Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa
Political liberalization and economic reform, the weakening of the state, and increased global interconnections have all had profound effects on Muslim societies and the practice of Islam in Africa. The contributors to this volume investigate and illuminate the changes they have brought, through detailed case studies of Muslim youth activists, Islamic NGOs, debates about Islamic law, secularism and minority rights, and Muslims and the political process in both conflict and post-conflict settings. Their work offers fresh perspectives on the complexity of Muslim politics in contemporary Africa.

Africa Yearbook 2006: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara - edited by Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber and Klaas van Walraven

The Africa Yearbook covers major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa - all related to developments in one calendar year. The Yearbook contains articles on all sub-Saharan states, each of the four sub-regions (West, Central, Eastern, Southern Africa) focusing on major cross-border developments and sub-regional organizations as well as one article on continental developments and one on European-African relations. While the articles have thorough academic quality, the Yearbook is mainly oriented to the requirements of a large range of target groups: students, politicians, diplomats, administrators, journalists, teachers, practitioners in the field of development aid as well as business people.

An Ethnography of Knowledge. The Production of Knowledge in Mupfurudzi Resettlement Scheme, Zimbabwe - by Netsayi Noris Mudege
This book contributes to academic debates on knowledge. A resettlement area with people resettling from different agro-ecological regions with different knowledge and approaches to agriculture and farming provides a fascinating area to investigate how knowledge is produced and socialised. The fact that the resettlement scheme became a melting pot of different knowledge makes the term 'local' problematic yet farmers still use and produce knowledge that is considered 'local'. Of interest is how the gender dynamics, politics, power, conflicts, resistance, religious beliefs and government policies impact on farming knowledge and on farming in general. This book unravels how local knowledge makes use of scientifically based state organised interventions. The book is of interest to policy makers and anyone involved in development studies.

Transnationalism, local development and social security. The functioning of support networks in rural Ghana - by Mirjam Kabki
Approximately one in ten Ghanaians live abroad. Since many Ghanaians originate from the Ashanti Region, Ashanti rural life is greatly influenced by migrants. This book describes how Ashanti rural dwellers use migrant ties in their social networks to obtain their social security. It uses a transnational approach and contains many real stories from respondents' lives. The findings show that rural people, through their ties with migrants, can be agents of change in the development of their local communities. The book contributes to debates on transnationalism, social security, and migration and development.

Tied to migrants. Transnational influences on the economy of Accra, Ghana - by Lothar Smith
This book provides an in-depth exploraton of how transnational relationships of urban dwellers with migrants influence economic activities in Accra, the capital of Ghana. These transnational relationships enable urban people to avoid - or else overcome - crises and help them establish or expand businesses. The same relationships also enable migrants to invest theirs savings in an urban economy in their country of origin, aiding their eventual return. Thereby, this book argues that it is of crucial importance to take into account the role that local people - here those based in Accra - play in migrant activities in their countries of origin.

"Our Way". Responding to the Dutch aid in the District Rural Development Programme of Bukoba, Tanzania - by Adalbertus Kamanzi
This book is about the relationship between the donors and aid recipients. Using the example of the Dutch Rural Development Programmes (DRDPs) in Bukoba, Tanzania, it examines the processes in which the aid beneficiaries are engaged, so that they can appropriate opportunities that accrue from the donors' projects. Aid recipients engage in organising practices, that is, manoeuvre in a power-charged relationship in order to access and make use of the opportunities in an aid fabric. The overall conclusion of the study is that even though donor-funded development projects may not have achieved the donors' objectives, the resources (material and financial) that have come along with the projects have proven useful to the beneficiaries through the use of organising practices.

Transition towards Jatropha biofuels in Tanzania? An analysis with Strategic Niche Management - by Janske van Eijck
This timely book is a detailed study about the recent emergence of a biofuels sector in Tanzania. The focus is on Jatropha curcas, an oil-bearing plant that is widely seen as having great potential as an energy crop throughout the developing world. Using an innovative methodological approach, Strategic Niche Management, the study traces a range of factors leading to the development of new technology and provides detailed insight into the actual processes involved in its introduction. The work is based on extensive field studies of Jatropha projects. These clearly highlight the potential of this new crop in applications including transport, rural electricity provision, cooking and lighting, but also point to unsolved issues that still need to be addressed. The study yields practical lessons useful for development practitioners and business representatives. The innovative adaptation of Strategic Niche Management to a developing-country context also makes the book a stimulating read for researchers of innovation processes.

African Alternatives - edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel & Leo de Haan
This collection of articles aims to stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity and to go beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances by analyzing those initiatives that offer alternatives to the prevailing paradigms. It moves away from African 'victimhood' by stressing African 'agency' and by demonstrating that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they faced. This is further detailed in the context of the literary contest between local and global; of issues of land rights and property; of livelihoods and poverty; of the popular culture; of demystifying African migrations; the changing parameters of territoriality; and the dynamics of the tourist encounter.
 
Azim Koning, redactie Africaserver Magazine
 
Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa - by Benjamin F. Soares and René Otayek
ISBN 1403979634 (hardcover)ISBN 1403979642 (paperback)
New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007.

Africa Yearbook 2006: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara - edited by Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber and Klaas van Walraven
ISBN 978 90 04 16263 1 - Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007.

An Ethnography of Knowledge. The Production of Knowledge in Mupfurudzi Resettlement Scheme, Zimbabwe - by Netsayi Noris Mudege
ISBN 9789004161689 - Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Afrika-Studiecentrum Series, no. 11, 2008.

Transnationalism, local development and social security. The functioning of support networks in rural Ghana - by Mirjam Kabki
ISBN 978.90.5448.075.4 - Leiden: African Studies Centre, African Studies Collection no. 6, 2007

Tied to migrants. Transnational influences on the economy of Accra, Ghana - by Lothar Smith
ISBN 978.90.5448.074.7 - Leiden: African Studies Centre, African Studies Collection no. 5, 2007

"Our Way". Responding to the Dutch aid in the District Rural Development Programme of Bukoba, Tanzania - by Adalbertus Kamanzi
ISBN 978.90.5448.073.0 - Leiden: African Studies Centre, African Studies Collection no. 4, 2007

Transition towards Jatropha biofuels in Tanzania? An analysis with Strategic Niche Management - by Janske van Eijck
ISBN 978.90.5448.072.3 - Leiden: African Studies Centre, African Studies Collection no. 3, 2007

African Alternatives - edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel & Leo de Haan
ISBN 90 04 16113 9 - € 40.00 - Leiden: Uitgeverij Brill, 2007

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Some other 2007 books published by African Studies Centre / Brill Publishers are:

Julie Ndaya Tshiteku - 'Prendre le bic'. Le Combat Spirituel congolais et les tranformations sociales

Paul Hebinck and Peter C. Lent - Livelihoods and Landscapes. The People of Guquka and Koloni and their Resources

Mirjam de Bruijn, Rijk van Dijk and Jan-Bart Gewald - Strength beyond Structure. Social and Historical Trajectories of Agency in Africa

Robert Mbe Akoko - "Ask and you shall be given": Pentecostalism and the economic crisis in Cameroon

Mienke van der Brug - World and experiences of AIDS orphans in north central Namibia

Erik Bähre - Money and Violence. Financial Self-Help Groups in a South African Township


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African Studies Centre - Islam and Muslim Politics in Africa
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