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Race, Nation, and Citizenship in Postcolonial Africa
The Case of Tanzania

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics

  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107622364

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  • Nationalism has generated violence, bloodshed, and genocide, as well as patriotic sentiments that encourage people to help fellow citizens and place public responsibilities above personal interests. This study explores the contradictory character of African nationalism as it unfolded over decades of Tanzanian history in conflicts over public policies concerning the rights of citizens, foreigners, and the nation's Asian racial minority. These policy debates reflected a history of racial oppression and foreign domination and were shaped by a quest for economic development, racial justice, and national self-reliance.

    • Connects the construction of national identity among citizens to the creation of internal and external 'others' who are excluded from certain citizenship rights
    • Situates debates over citizenship and exclusion within the context of global political and economic forces and develops a novel interpretation of the global economic dimensions of nationalism
    • Identifies key legacies of the colonial and state socialist eras informing contemporary political conflicts over race, nation, and citizenship
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This neatly structured and sophisticated book undoubtedly contributes to a better understanding of one of Africa’s exemplary nationalisms - the Tanzanian nationalist struggle and nation-building project. In a well-documented narrative the author addresses a general audience, which is one of the strengths of the volume, while at the same time contributing to the growing scholarly literature. Aminzade highlights and connects the parts that constitute the nation-building context, thus providing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexity of national identity formation.' István Tarrósy, African Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107622364
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Struggle for Independence and Birth of a Nation:
    2. Colonialism, racism, and modernity
    3. Foreigners and nation building
    4. Race and the nation-building project
    Part II. The Socialist Experiment:
    5. African socialism: the challenges of nation building
    6. Socialism, self-reliance, and foreigners
    7. Nationalism, state socialism, and the politics of race
    Part III. Neoliberalism, Global Capitalism, and the Nation-State:
    8. Neoliberalism and the transition from state socialism to capitalism
    9. Neoliberalism, foreigners, and globalization
    10. Neoliberalism, race, and the global economy
    11. Conclusion: race, nation, and citizenship in historical and comparative perspective.

  • Author

    Ronald Aminzade, University of Minnesota
    Ronald Aminzade is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Lund, and the University of Amsterdam. His research on the political consequences of capitalist development in nineteenth-century France has been published in numerous articles and in two books, Ballots and Barricades and Class, Politics, and Early Industrial Capitalism. He is the co-editor of The Social Worlds of Higher Education (1999), on the sociology of education, and Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2001), on social movements and contentious politics. His current research focuses on nationalism and the politics of economic development in East Africa.

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