Negotiating Modernity

Africa's Ambivalent Experience

Elísio Salvado Macamo

Negotiating Modernity

Elísio Salvado Macamo

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256 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2005  
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781842776179 Published October 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Modernity is the unfinished business of our times. In the case of Africa, as the scholars contributing to this volume show, the continent has been through a particularly ambivalent experience of modernity. Most work has tended to emphasize, on the one hand, its alien nature in Africa and, on the other, the ways in which Africans have resisted it. While acknowledging this tension, the authors of this volume seek to show the extent to which this very tension has been constitutive of African social reality. Modernity is understood as the basic impulse behind the construction of changing African society over the past one hundred years. The issues that this volume addresses relate to the ways in which, first, Africans negotiated the terms of this modernity during the colonial period and, then, how today they are coming to terms with it in the post-colonial period. The contributors argue both that the African experience of modernity is unique and, at the same time, relevant for social theory more widely. Not only is it important to describe this experience, but also to acknowledge that such a description may provide African Studies with valuable analytical insights into African social reality. In the course of so doing, cases are presented and issues raised covering new forms of labour, changing notions and norms relating to land rights, religious conversion, internal migration, and even emigration. Indeed, one particularly significant, but often underplayed, feature that has characterised both the colonial and post-colonial periods, and which this book deals with extensively, is the variegated linkages and interactions between Africans in the diaspora and within the Continent.
Negotiating Modernity: From Colonialism to Globalization
Elísio Macamo
Part I. From Colonialism…

1. Absent Father(s), Garvey’s Scattered Children and the Back to Africa Movement
Jalani A. Niaah

2. The Ties that Bind: Lessons from the Historical African Diaspora
Cassandra R. Veney

3. Denying Modernity: The Regulation of Native Labour in Colonial Mozambique and Its Postcolonial Aftermath
Elísio Macamo

4. Mozambican Convert Miners: Missionaries or a Herd without a Shepherd? The Anglican Mission of Santo Agostinho, Maciene, 1885-1905
Alda Romão Saúte
Part II. …to Globalization

5. Globalization and the Political Economy of the African Migration to the North
Francis Njubi Nesbitt

6. From Civil War to Floods: Implications for Internal Migration in Gaza Province of Mozambique
Inês Macamo Raimundo

7. Land Reform in Kenya: The Place of Land Tribunals in Kombewa
Samwel Ong’wen Okuro

8. Protecting Refugees in the Era of Globalization: The Challenge of Africa in the New Millenium
Ekuru Aukot

About the Contributors
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