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Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies

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Back, Irit. Intervention and Sovereignty in Africa: Conflict Resolution and International Organizations in Darfur. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016.


Bradshaw, Richard, and Juan Fandos-Rius. Historical Dictionary of the Central African Republic. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.


Bunting, Annie, Benjamin N. Lawrance, and Richard L. Roberts. Marriage by Force?: Contestation Over Consent and Coercion in Africa. Athens: Ohio UP, 2016. 


Burton, Antoinette M., and Isabel Hofmeyr. Africa in the Indian Imagination: Race and the Politics of Postcolonial Citation. Durham: Duke UP, 2016.


Chude-Sokei, Louis Onuorah. The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2016.


Diphoorn, Tessa G. Twilight Policing: Private Security and Violence in Urban South Africa. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016.

Glasser, Jonathan. The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2016.


Guyer, Jane I. Legacies, Logics, Logistics: Essays in the Anthropology of the Platform Economy. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2016.


Haynes, Jonathan. Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2016.


Holloway, Joseph E. A History of Slave Resistance in the United States. Porter Ranch (CA): New World African Press, 2016.


Johnson, E. Patrick, and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera. Blacktino Queer Performance. Durham: Duke UP, 2016.


Khamisi, Joe. The Wretched Africans: A Study of Rabai and Freretown Slave Settlements : a Tribute to Slaves and Descendants of the 19th Century Slave Trade in Eastern Africa. Plano, TX: Jodey Book Publishers, 2016.


Konadu, Kwasi, and Clifton C. Campbell. The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Durham: Duke UP, 2016. 


M'bayo, Tamba. Muslim Interpreters in Colonial Senegal, 1850-1920: Mediations of Knowledge and Power in the Lower and Middle Senegal River Valley. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016.


Oladejo, Mutiat Titilope. Ibadan Market Women and Politics, 1900-1995. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016.


Philips, John Edward. Black Africa’s Largest Islamic Kingdom Before Colonialism: Royal Ribats of Kano and Sokoto. Porter Ranch (CA): New World African Press, 2016.


Pierce, Steven. Moral Economies of Corruption: State Formation and Political Culture in Nigeria. Durham: Duke UP, 2016. 


Sanders, Mark. Learning Zulu: A Secret History of Language in South Africa. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2016. 


Sheldon, Kathleen. Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.


Steingo, Gavin. Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa. Chicago: Chicago UP, 2016.


Tate, Greg. Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader. Durham: Duke UP, 2016. 



Belcher, Wendy Laura, Michael Kleiner, and Gälawdewos. The life and struggles of our mother Walatta Petros: a seventeenth-century African biography of an Ethiopian woman. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2015.


Didia, Dal O. Ten Reasons Why Sub-Saharan Africa Has Failed to Develop Economically: Can Africans Succeed by Themselves? Lewiston, Edwin Mellen Press, 2015.


Gabay, Clive. Exploring an African Civil Society: Development and Democracy in Malawi, 1994 - 2014. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.


Hargrove, Jarvis L. The Political Economy of the Interior Gold Coast: The Asante and the Era of Legitimate Trading, 1807-1875. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.


Makhulu, Anne-Maria. Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.


Meyers, Birgit. Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016.


Mugane, John M. The Story of Swahili. Athens: Ohio UP, 2015.


Mwanaka, Tendai R., and Munyaradzi Mawere. Democracy, Good Governance and Development in Africa. Baltimore, Maryland: Project Muse, 2015. 


Owen, Joy. Congolese Social Networks: Living on the Margins in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.


Villepastour, Amanda. The Yorù̀bá God of Drumming: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Wood That Talks. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2015.


White, Luise. Unpopular Sovereignty: Rhodesian Independence and African Decolonization. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2015.



Barnard, Rita. The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Dijk, Rijk van, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt, and Thera Rasing. Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. 



Grünkemeier, Ellen. Breaking the Silence: South African Representations of HIV/AIDS. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2013.


Hamilton, Grant. Reading Marechera. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2013.


MacGaffey, Wyatt. Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013.


Schmidt, Elizabeth. Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013.


Shipley, Jesse Weaver. Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2013.



Achebe, Chinua. There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra. New York: Penguin Press, 2012.


Cairnie, Julie, and Dobrota Alz̆beta Pucherová. Moving Spirit: The Legacy of Dambudzo Marechera in the 21st Century. Berlin: Lit, 2012.


Jenkins, Elwyn. Seedlings: English Children's Reading & Writers in South Africa. Pretoria: Unisa Press, 2012.


Jones, Eldred Durosimi, and Marjorie Jones. The Freetown Bond A Life Under Two Flags. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2012.


Rampolokeng, Lesego. Head on Fire: Rants / Notes / Poems, 2001-2011. Grahamstown, South Africa: Deep South, 2012.


Vigne, Randolph. Thomas Pringle South African Pioneer, Poet and Abolitionist. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.



Beck, Rose Marie and Kai Kresse. Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet in Politics. [S.l.]: Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers, 2011.


Gunner, Elizabeth, Dina Ligaga, and Dumisani Moyo. Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2011. 3 copies.


Stapleton, Timothy J. African Police and Soldiers in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1923-80. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2011.



Kirsch, Thomas G., and Tilo Grätz. Domesticating Vigilantism in Africa. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2010.


Worger, William H., Nancy L. Clark, and Edward A. Alpers. Africa and the West: A Documentary History, Volume 1-2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.



Birkett, Mary Ellen, and Christopher Rivers. Approaches to Teaching Duras's Ourika. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.


Coetzee, Greig, and Hazel Barnes. Johnny Boskak Is Feeling Funny, and Other Plays. Scottsville, South Africa: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2009.


Low, D. A. Fabrication of Empire: The British and the Uganda Kingdoms, 1890-1902. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.


Scheub, Harold. Shadows: Deeper into Story. Madison, Wis: Parallel Press, 2009.


Spillman, Rob, and Nicholas Mhlongo. Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing. 2009.


Welsh, David. The Rise and Fall of Apartheid. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.



Cooper, Brenda. A New Generation of African Writers: Migration, Material Culture & Language. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2008.


Kebede, Messay. Radicalism and Cultural Dislocation in Ethiopia, 1960-1974. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008.


Leventis, Yiorghos, Nanako Murata Sawayanagi, and Yasushi Hazama. Crossing over Cyprus: studies on the divided island in the Eastern Mediterranean. Tokyo: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2008.


Robins, Steven L. From Revolution to Rights in South Africa: Social Movements, NGOs & Popular Politics After Apartheid. Woodbridge [England]: James Currey, 2008.


Scarnecchia, Timothy. The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe: Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008.



Magubane, Bernard. Race and the Construction of the Dispensable Other. Pretoria: Unisa, 2007.



Okafor, Dubem. The Cycle of Doom: Selected Essays in Discourse & Society. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Shakespeare's Sister, 2005.



Edwards, Carolyn P., and Beatrice Blyth Whiting. Ngecha A Kenyan Village in a Time of Rapid Social Change. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004. 



Beebe, Maria A. Africa Dot Edu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill, 2003.


Cohen, Yehuda. Why Religion?: About One of the Strongest and Most Productive Motifs in Human Life. Jerusalem: Priests Pub, 2003.



Christopher, A. J., and A. J. Christopher. The Atlas of Changing South Africa. London: Routledge, 2001.


Liniger-Goumaz, Max, and Luis Ondo Ayang. Mélanges euro-africains : offerts au professeur Max Liniger-Goumaz = Misceláneas euro-africanas Vol. 1 Vol. 1. Madrid: Editorial Claves para el Futuro, 2001.


Liniger-Goumaz, Max, and Luis Ondo Ayang. Mélanges euro-africains : offerts au professeur Max Liniger-Goumaz = Misceláneas euro-africanas Vol. 2 Vol. 2. Madrid: Editorial Claves para el Futuro, 2001.


Rwomire, Apollo. African Women and Children: Crisis and Response. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2001.



Butler, Brian. An Undergrowth of Folly: Public Order, Race Anxiety, and the 1903 Evansville, Indiana Riot. New York: Garland Pub, 2000.


Grofman, Bernard. Legacies of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 2000.


Erkens, Rainer, and John Stuart Kane-Berman. Political Correctness in South Africa. [Johannesburg]: South African Institute of Race Relations, 2000.



Gillis, D. Hugh. The Kingdom of Swaziland Studies in Political History. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1999.


Iheduru, Obioma M. The Politics of Economic Restructuring and Democracy in Africa. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1999.


Kizza, Immaculate N. Africa's Indigenous Institutions in Nation Building. Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen Press, 1999.


Kuhne, Dave. African Settings in Contemporary American Novels. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1999. 


Mungazi, Dickson A. The Last British Liberals in Africa Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1999.


Nelson, Angela M. S. This Is How We Flow: Rhythm in Black Cultures. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999.


Press, Robert M. The New Africa Dispatches from a Changing Continent. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.


Salih, Mohamed Abdel Rahim M., and Shibru Tedla. Environmental Planning, Policies, and Politics in Eastern and Southern Africa. New York: St. Martin's Press in association with Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, 1999.


Seitel, Peter. The Powers of Genre Interpreting Haya Oral Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.


Shrader, Charles R. The First Helicopter War Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999. 


Tayob, Abdulkader. Islam in South Africa Mosques, Imams, and Sermons. Gainesville, Fla: University Press of Florida, 1999. 


Waiguchu, Julius Muruku, Edward Tiagha, and Muroki Francis Mwaura. Management of Organizations in Africa: A Handbook and Reference. Westport, Conn: Quorum, 1999.



Adam, Heribert, F. van Zyl Slabbert, and Kogila Moodley. Comrades in Business: Post-Liberation Politics in South Africa. Utrecht: International Books, 1998.


Arndt, Susan. African Women's Literature, Orature, and Intertextuality: Igbo Oral Narratives As Nigerian Women Writers' Models and Objects of Writing Back. Bayreuth: Bayreuth University, 1998.


Clarke, Peter B. New Trends and Developments in African Religions. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1998.


Dunton, Chris. Nigerian Theatre in English: A Critical Bibliography. London: Hans Zell Publishers, 1998.


James, Valentine Udoh. Capacity Building in Developing Countries Human and Environmental Dimensions. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1998. 


Kassindja, Fauziya, and Layli Miller Bashir. Do They Hear You When You Cry. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 1998.


Khorana, Meena. Critical Perspectives on Postcolonial African Children's and Young Adult Literature. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1998.


Loflin, Christine. African Horizons: The Landscapes of African Fiction. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1998.


Murtaza, Niaz. The Pillage of Sustainability in Eritrea, 1600s-1990s: Rural Communities and the Creeping Shadows of Hegemony. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.


Seppälä, Pekka, and Bertha Koda. The Making of a Periphery: Economic Development and Cultural Encounters in Southern Tanzania. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1998.



Chidester, David. African Traditional Religion in South Africa An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997.


Chidester, David, Judy Tobler, and Darrel Wratten. Christianity in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997.


Chidester, David, Judy Tobler, and Darrel Wratten. Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997.


Cobley, Alan Gregor. The Rules of the Game: Struggles in Black Recreation and Social Welfare Policy in South Africa. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997.


Jerman, Helena. Between Five Lines: The Development of Ethnicity in Tanzania with Special Reference to the Western Bagamoyo District. Saarijarvi: Finnish Anthropological Society, 1997.


Liniger-Goumaz, Max. United States, France et Guinée équatoriale: les "amitiés douteuses", trois synopsis historiques, quatre bibliographies. Genève: Les Editions du temps, 1997.


Lorentzon, Leif. An African Focus: A Study of Ayi Kwei Armah's Narrative Africanization. Stockholm, Sweden: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1998. 2 copies


Peck, Richard. A Morbid Fascination: White Prose and Politics in Apartheid South Africa. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1997.


Siddiqui, Rukhsana A. Subsaharan Africa in the 1990s: Challenges to Democracy and Development. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1997.


Smith, Alan G. Human Rights and Choice in Poverty Food Insecurity, Dependency, and Human Rights-Based Development Aid for the Third World Rural Poor. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1997.



Adjibolosoo, Senyo B-S. K. Human Factor Engineering and the Political Economy of African Development. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1996.


Apraku, Kofi Konadu. Outside Looking In An African Perspective on American Pluralistic Society. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1996.


Baxter, P. T. W., Jan Hultin, and Alessandro Triulzi. Being and becoming Oromo: historical and anthropological enquiries. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1996.


Chapman, Mark L. Christianity on Trial: African-American Religious Thought Before and After Black Power. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1996.


Grossman, Joe. Hanged: Ken Saro-Wiwa in the American Print Media. Santa Cruz, Calif: Inner Image Ink, 1996.


Hickson, Joyce, and Susan Kriegler. Multicultural Counseling in a Divided and Traumatized Society: The Meaning of Childhood and Adolescence in South Africa. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1996.


Lame, Danielle de. Une colline entre mille, ou, Le calme avant la tempête: transformations et blocages du Rwanda rural. Tervuren, Belgium: Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, 1996.


Majok, Aggrey Ayuen, and Calvin W. Schwabe. Development Among Africa's Migratory Pastoralists. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey, 1996.


Mubarak, Jamil Abdalla. From Bad Policy to Chaos in Somalia How an Economy Fell Apart. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1996. 


Olson, James Stuart. The Peoples of Africa An Ethnohistorical Dictionary. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1996


Sanders, Herman A. Daddy, We Need You Now!: A Primer on African-American Male Socialization. Lanham: University Press of America, 1996.


Wright, Derek. Wole Soyinka: Life, Work and Criticism. Fredericton, N.B.: York Press, 1996.


Yansané, Aguibou Y. Development Strategies in Africa: Current Economic, Socio-Political, and Institutional Trends and Issues. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1996.



Friis-Hansen, Esbern. Seeds for African Peasants: Peasants' Needs and Agricultural Research--the Case of Zimbabwe


Graybill, Lyn S. Religion and Resistance Politics in South Africa. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1995.


Hanes, William Travis. Imperial Diplomacy in the Era of Decolonization: The Sudan and Anglo-Egyptian Relations, 1945-1956. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1995.


Long, Roger D. The Man on the Spot: Essays on British Empire History. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1995.


Mnyampala, Mathias E., and Gregory Maddox. The Gogo: History, Customs, and Traditions. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1995.


Zack-Williams, Alfred. Tributors, Supporters, and Merchant Capital: Mining and Underdevelopment in Sierra Leone. Aldershot, England: Avebury, 1995.



Chimombo, Steve Bernard Miles. Napolo and the Python: Selected Poetry. Oxford: Heinemann, 1994.


Coplan, David B. In the Time of Cannibals: The Word Music of South Africa's Basotho Migrants. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.


Oheneba-Sakyi, Yaw. Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services in Ghana: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1994.


Mohamed-Salih, Margaret A., and Lennart Wohlgemuth. Crisis Management and the Politics of Reconciliation in Somalia. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1994.


Salih, Mohamed Abdel Rahim M. Inducing Food Insecurity: Perspectives on Food Policies in Eastern and Southern Africa. Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1994.


Sekoni, Ropo. Folk Poetics: A Sociosemiotic Study of Yoruba Trickster Tales. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1994.



Kalck, Pierre. Historical dictionary of the Central African Republic. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1992.



Pucciani, Oreste F., and Jacqueline Hamel. Langue et langage; le français par le français. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967.



Shepperson, George, and Thomas Price. Independent African; John Chilembwe and the Origins, Setting, and Significance of the Nyasaland Native Rising of 1915. Edinburgh: University Press, 1958.