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Ethnic Diversity in Eastern Africa
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In most of Africa, there is evidence of politicised inter-ethnic rivalry and ethnic mobilisation to acquire, maintain or monopolise power as competition for resources intensify. This volume demonstrates how ethnic diversity can be managed at a number of levels in order to improve the lives of citizens. As the contributors show, ethnicity as an identity is fluid and malleable. It can be deconstructed in order to reduce its saliency. Evidently, strong ethnic affliation has also been viewed as a major barrier to human and economic development although ethnically bound welfare organisations do influence the economic and social life of citizens especially in the rural areas, In most of Africa, it is through ethnic identification that competition for influence in the state and in the allocation of resources becomes apparent. Occasionally, governments have sought to address this challenge through ethnic and regional balancing in political appointments. But this does not always work. Drawing on experiences from Eastern Africa and beyond, the contributors discuss how ethnic diversity can be a resource for the region.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Content
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. A Prologue to Ethnic Diversity in Eastern Africa
  2. pp. vii-xvii
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  1. Conceptualizing Ethnicity
  2. p. 1
  1. Ethnic Pluralism and National Governance in Africa: A Survey
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. What Do We Share?: From the Local to the Global, and Back Again
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. Production of Ethnic Identity in Kenya
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. Links Between African Proverbs and Sayings and Ethnic Diversity
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. (Over)riding the Rainbow: Ethnic Diversity and the Kenyan Creative Economy
  2. pp. 61-69
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  1. Leveraging Africa’s Diversity for an improved Image and Branding
  2. pp. 71-80
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  1. Ethnicity in Politics
  2. p. 81
  1. Ethnic Diversity, Democratization and Nation-Building in Ghana
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. Ethnic Diversity in East Africa: The Tanzanian Case and the Role of Kiswahili Language as a Unifying Factor
  2. pp. 105-120
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  1. Critical Reflections on the Challenges and Prospects of Ethnic Diversity Management in Democratization
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Media and National Identity: Should National Media be Relegated to the Backseat?
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. Ethnic Diversity Background and Issues: The Case of Rwanda
  2. pp. 161-182
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  1. The Challenges of Ethnicity, Multiparty Democracy and State Building in Multiethnic States in Africa: Experiences from Kenya
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. A Political Economy of Land Reform in Kenya: the Limits and Possibilities of Resolving Persistent Ethnic Conflicts
  2. pp. 201-219
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  1. Epilogue — Emerging Issues in Managing the Challenges and Opportunities of Ethnic Diversity in East Africa: Is Good Governance the Destiny?
  2. pp. 221-233
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. p. 234
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