restricted access   Volume 52, Number 2, September 2009

Table of Contents

From: African Studies Review

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Anticolonial Nationalism in French West Africa: What Made Guinea Unique?

pp. 1-34

Special Issue: Guinea-Bissau Today

Introduction: Guinea-Bissau Today—The Irrelevance of the State and the Permanence of Change

pp. 35-45

From the Margins of the State to the Presidential Palace: The Balanta Case in Guinea-Bissau

pp. 47-67

"Culture Stops Development!": Bijagó Youth and the Appropriation of Developmentalist Discourse in Guinea-Bissau

pp. 69-92

Death and the Left Hand: Islam, Gender, and "Proper" Mandinga Funerary Custom in Guinea-Bissau and Portugal

pp. 93-117

"We Work Hard": Customary Imperatives of the Diola Work Regime in the Context of Environmental and Economic Change

pp. 119-141

Conflictual Motion and Political Inertia: On Rebellions and Revolutions in Bissau and Beyond

pp. 143-164

Conclusion: Guinea-Bissau Yesterday. . . and Tomorrow

pp. 165-179

Review Essays

Revisiting Economic Growth in Africa

pp. 181-183

Revisiting Decolonization in Guinea

pp. 184-187

Book Reviews

Anthropology and Sociology

The First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to Most Recent Foragers (review)

pp. 189-190

A Linguistic Geography of Africa (review)

pp. 190-192

The Silence of Great Zimbabwe: Contested Landscapes and the Power of Heritage (review)

pp. 192-194

Signal and Noise: Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria (review)

pp. 194-195

Money and Violence: Financial Self-Help Groups in a South African Township (review)

pp. 196-197

Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal (review)

pp. 197-198


The Oral and Beyond: Doing Things with Words in Africa (review)

pp. 199-200

Law, Language, and Science: The Invention of the "Native Mind" in Southern Rhodesia, 1890–1930 (review)

pp. 200-202

Locality, Mobility, and "Nation": Periurban Colonialism in Togo's Eweland, 1900-1960 (review)

pp. 202-203

A Failed Eldorado: Colonial Capitalism, Rural Industrialization, African Land Rights in Kenya, and the Kakamega Gold Rush, 1930-1952 (review)

pp. 203-205

Narrating the Nile: Politics, Cultures, Identities (review)

pp. 205-206

Politics, International Relations, and Globalization

Pan-Africanism or Pragmatism: Lessons of the Tanganyika-Zanzibar Union (review)

pp. 207-208

Anatomy of an African Tragedy: Political, Economic and Foreign Policy Crisis in Post-Independence Eritrea, and: Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners (review)

pp. 208-210

The Failure of Democracy in the Republic of Congo (review)

pp. 211-212

Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-87 (review)

pp. 212-214

Biko Lives! Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko (review)

pp. 214-215

Economics and Development

Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization, and Poverty in Africa (review)

pp. 216-217


Tonga Religious Life in the Twentieth Century (review)

pp. 218-219

Òrìsà Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yorùbá Religious Culture (review)

pp. 220-221

Languages, Literature, and the Arts

The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade (review)

pp. 222-223

African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity (review)

pp. 223-225

Les arts plastiques de l'Afrique contemporaine. 60 ans d'histoire à Lubumbashi, R-D Congo (review)

pp. 225-227

Painting for the Gods: Art and Aesthetics of Yoruba Religious Murals (review)

pp. 227-228

Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (review)

pp. 228-229

Media and I.T.

The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy (review)

pp. 230-231

The Guardian: The History of South Africa's Extraordinary Anti-Apartheid Newspaper (review)

pp. 231-233

Bibliographies and Dictionaries

Africa: A Guide to Reference Material (review)

pp. 234-235

Publishing, Books and Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Bibliography (review)

pp. 235-237