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Africa Spectrum

1997 - 2017

From Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg
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Volume 48, issue 3, 2013

Insurgent Nationalism: Political Imagination and Rupture in Côte d'Ivoire pp. 3-31 Downloads
Till Foerster
Frames in the Ethiopian Debate on Biofuels pp. 33-53 Downloads
Brigitte Portner
Negotiated Peace, Denied Justice? The Case of West Nile (Northern Uganda) pp. 55-84 Downloads
Artur Bogner and Dieter Neubert
At the Margins of the Economy? Chinese Migrants in Lesotho's Wholesale and Retail Sector pp. 85-97 Downloads
Sarah Hanisch
Africa and the Middle Class(es) pp. 111-120 Downloads
Henning Melber
Review: Lorenzo Cotula, The Great African Land Grab?: Agricultural Investments and the Global Food System (2013) pp. 121-123 Downloads
Kerstin Nolte
Review: Richard Bourne, Catastrophe: What Went Wrong in Zimbabwe (2011) pp. 124-126 Downloads
Sören Scholvin
Review: Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson, The Hidden Thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era (2013) pp. 127-130 Downloads
Chris Saunders
Review: Hermann Giliomee, The Last Afrikaner Leaders: A Supreme Test of Power (2012) pp. 131-133 Downloads
Adam Houldsworth
Review: Christine Hatzky, Kubaner in Angola: Süd-Süd-Kooperation und Bildungstransfer 1976-1991 (2012) pp. 134-135 Downloads
Reinhart Kößler

Volume 48, issue 2, 2013

Ominous Inevitabilities: Reflecting on South Africa’s Post-Transition Aporia in Achmat Dangor’s "Bitter Fruit" pp. 3-24 Downloads
Aghogho Akpome
Nigeria’s Quest to Recover Looted Assets: The Abacha Affair pp. 51-70 Downloads
David U. Enweremadu
Oil Multinational Corporations, Environmental Irresponsibility and Turbulent Peace in the Niger Delta pp. 71-83 Downloads
Daniel E. Agbiboa and Benjamin Maiangwa
A Critical Review of Environmental Conservation in Zimbabwe pp. 85-97 Downloads
Munyaradzi Mawere
Reflections on the 22nd Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) in Cologne, Germany (30 May–2 June 2012) pp. 99-106 Downloads
Martina Gockel-Frank and Michael Bollig
Comparison Re-invented: Adaptation of Universal Methods to African Studies (Conference Report) pp. 107-115 Downloads
Franzisca Zanker and Katharina Newbery
Not Studying White, Up or Down, but Around Southern Africa: A Response to Francis Nyamnjoh pp. 117-121 Downloads
Robert J. Gordon
"Poor Whites" Do Matter pp. 123-126 Downloads
Annika Teppo
From Quibbles to Substance: A Response to Responses pp. 127-139 Downloads
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
Review: Ulf Engel (ed.), New Mediation Practices in African Conflicts (2012) pp. 141-143 Downloads
Johannes Vüllers
Review: Christopher Cramer, Laura Hammond, and Johan Pottier (eds.), Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges (2011) pp. 144-146 Downloads
Jon Schubert
Review: Derek Hook, A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial: The Mind of Apartheid (2012) pp. 147-148 Downloads
Danielle Faye Tran
Review; Ønulf Gulbrandsen, The State and the Social: State Formation in Botswana and Its Precolonial and Colonial Genealogies (2012) pp. 149-152 Downloads
Reinhart Kößler

Volume 48, issue 1, 2013

(Re)making the Social World: The Politics of Transitional Justice in Burundi pp. 3-24 Downloads
Sandra Rubli
Becoming Zimbabwe or Becoming Zimbabwean: Identity, Nationalism and State-building pp. 49-70 Downloads
Alois S. Mlambo
Serving in Africa: US Peace Corps in Cameroon pp. 71-87 Downloads
Julius A. Amin
Gender, Gays and Gain: The Sexualised Politics of Donor Aid in Malawi pp. 89-105 Downloads
Emmie Chanika, John L. Lwanda and Adamson S. Muula
The 2013 Elections in Zimbabwe: End of an Era for Human Rights Discourse? pp. 99-110 Downloads
Cornelias Ncube
On Gaining Access: A Response to Francis Nyamnjoh’s “Blinded by Sight: Divining the Future of Anthropology in Africa” pp. 107-112 Downloads
Andrew Hartnack
On Agnotology as Built-in Ignorance pp. 113-116 Downloads
Jean-Pierre Warnier
Anthropology and Whites in South Africa: Response to an Unreasonable Critique pp. 117-127 Downloads
Isak Niehaus
The Value of Outsiderdom, or, Anthropology’s Folly pp. 129-134 Downloads
Sanya Osha
Review: Lisa Mackenrodt, Swahili Spirit Possession and Islamic Healing in Contemporary Tanzania: The Jinn Fly on Friday (2011) pp. 135-137 Downloads
Jigal Beez
Review: Klaus Grütjen, Lokale Selbstverwaltung im Spannungsfeld von afrikanischer Tradition und europäischer Moderne: Dezentralisierung und Dekonzentration in den frankophonen Staaten Westafrikas am Beispiel Burkina Fasos (2011) pp. 138-140 Downloads
Katja Werthmann
Review: Christopher Cramer, Laura Hammond, and Johan Pottier (eds.), Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges (2011) pp. 141-144 Downloads
Oluwaseum Bamidele
Review: Jutta Bakonyi, Land ohne Staat: Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft im Krieg am Beispiel Somalias (2011) pp. 145-147 Downloads
Markus V. Höhne
Review: Volker Matthies, The Siege of Magdala: The British Empire Against the Emperor of Ethiopia (2012) pp. 148-150 Downloads
Tekeste Negash
Review: Josiah Brownell, The Collapse of Rhodesia: Population Demographics and the Politics of Race (2011) pp. 151-154 Downloads
Tinashe Nyamunda

Volume 47, issue 2-3, 2012

From the Editors' Desk pp. 3-4 Downloads
Andreas Mehler and Henning Melber
Deals and Dealings: Inconclusive Peace and Treacherous Trade along the South Sudan–Uganda Border pp. 5-31 Downloads
Mareike Schomerus and Kristof Titeca
Beyond Marikana: The Post-Apartheid South African State pp. 33-62 Downloads
Vishwas Satgar
Blinded by Sight: Divining the Future of Anthropology in Africa pp. 63-92 Downloads
Francis B. Nyamnjoh
The Force of Action: Legitimizing the Coup in Bamako, Mali pp. 93-110 Downloads
Bruce Whitehouse
Socio-political Turmoil in Mali: The Public Debate Following the Coup d’État on 22 March 2012 pp. 111-125 Downloads
Sten Hagberg and Gabriella Körling
KONY 2012, Military Humanitarianism, and the Magic of Occult Economies pp. 127-135 Downloads
Sverker Finnström
Boko Haram: The Development of a Militant Religious Movement in Nigeria pp. 137-155 Downloads
Roman Loimeier
“Green” or “Red”? Reframing the Environmental Discourse in Nigeria pp. 157-166 Downloads
Akin Iwilade
Polish African Studies at a Crossroads: Past, Present and Future pp. 167-185 Downloads
Konrad Czernichowski, Dominik Kopinski and Andrzej Polus
Conference Report: “Thirty Years of German–Beninese Cooperation in Social Science Research on Benin: Topics, Conclusions, Future Prospects” – Thurnau/Bayreuth, 8–10 March 2012 pp. 187-193 Downloads
Jeannett Martin and Laetitia Wayaffe
Locally and Beyond: West African Land Relations and Global Citizenship pp. 195-199 Downloads
Raluca Pernes
Review: John S. Saul, Liberation Lite: The Roots of Recolonization in Southern Africa (2011) pp. 201-203 Downloads
Henning Melber
Review: Jeremy I. Levitt, Illegal Peace in Africa: An Inquiry into the Legality of Power Sharing with Warlords, Rebels, and Junta (2012) pp. 204-206 Downloads
Stef Vandeginste
Review: Steven Radelet, Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way (2010) pp. 207-209 Downloads
Matthijs Bogaards

Volume 47, issue 1, 2012

Multilingualism and Hip Hop Consumption in Nigeria: Accounting for the Local Acceptance of a Global Phenomenon pp. 3-19 Downloads
Olusegun Fariudeen Liadi
Defining the Nation: National Identity in South Sudanese Media Discourse pp. 21-49 Downloads
Ole Frahm
Land Transactions and Chieftaincies in Southwestern Togo pp. 51-72 Downloads
Marco Gardini
The Democratic Impact of ICT in Africa pp. 73-88 Downloads
Alexandra Dobra
Three Views of a Secret: Land Rights and the Constitution of Local Citizenship in West Africa pp. 89-96 Downloads
Jean-Pierre Jacob and Pierre-Yves Le Meur
Review: Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs (eds.), Encyclopedia of South Africa (2011) pp. 97-98 Downloads
Felix Brahm
Review: Andreas Eckert, Ingeborg Grau and Arno Sonderegger (eds.), Afrika 1500–1900: Geschichte und Gesellschaft (2011); Arno Sonderegger, Ingeborg Grau and Birgit Englert (eds.), Afrika im 20. Jahrhundert: Geschichte und Gesellschaft (2011) pp. 99 Downloads
Jamie Miller
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