Books Available for Review

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Current List of Books Available for Review


Abegunrin, Olayiwola and Sabella Abidde, eds. 2018. African Intellectuals and the State of the Continent: Essays in Honor of Professor Sulayman S. Nyang. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Achebe, Nwando and Claire Robertson, eds. 2019. Holding the World Together: African Women in Changing Perspective. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Adam, Christopher, Paul Collier, and B. J Ndulu, eds. 2017. Tanzania : The Path to Prosperity. First. Africa: Policies for Prosperity Series, 3. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Agyekum, Humphrey Asamoah. 2019. From Bullies to Officers and Gentlemen: How Notions of Professionalism and Civility Transformed the Ghana Armed Forces. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Alao, Abiodun. 2020. A New Narrative for Africa: Voice and Agency. New York: Routledge.

Allan, Joanna. 2019. Silenced Resistance: Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Amoah, Michael. 2019. The New Pan-Africanism : Globalism and the Nation State in Africa. London: I.B. Tauris

Amtaika, Alexius, ed. 2017. Culture, Democracy and Development in Africa. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Amtaika, Alexius, ed. 2017. Socio-Economic Development in Africa: Challenges and Dimensions. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Asare, Abena Ampofoa. 2018. Truth without Reconciliation: A Human Rights History of Ghana. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Ayee, Joseph R. A. 2019. Politics, Governance, and Development in Ghana. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Bajorek, Jennifer. 2020. Unfixed : Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa. Durham: Duke University Press.

Balogun, Oluwakemi M. and Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, Habib Iddrisu, eds. Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Bangura, Abdul Karim. 2019. Falolaism : The Epistemologies and Methodologies of Africana Knowledge. African World Series. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, LLC.

Bay, Edna G. ed. 1982. Women and Work in Africa. London, UK: Routledge.

Bekele, Gashawbeza W. and Adebayo Oyebade, eds. 2019. Africa in the Twenty-First Century: The Promise of Development and Democratization. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bellucci, Stefano and Andreas Eckert, eds. 2019. General Labour History of Africa: Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th-21st Centuries. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Bernault, Florence. 2019. Colonial Transactions : Imaginaries, Bodies, and Histories in Gabon. Theory in Forms. Durham: Duke University Press.  

Bewaji, John Ayotunde Isola and Adedoyin Aguoru, eds. 2019. Identity Re-Creation in Global African Encounters. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Beyene, Atakilte, ed. 2018. Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia: State Policy and Smallholder Farming. London: ZED Books.  

Bird, S. Elizabeth and Rosina Umelo. 2018. Surviving Biafra: A Nigerwife’s Story. London, UK: Hurst & Company.

Bisschoff, Lizelle and Setfanie Van de Peer (eds.). 2020. Women in African Cinema: Beyond the Body Politic. New York: Routledge.

Blyden, Nemata Amelia Ibitayo. 2019. African Americans and Africa: A New History. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Bogaert, Kornraad. 2018. Globalized Authoritarianism: Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Boulbina, Seloua Luste. 2019. Kafka’s Monkey and Other Phantoms of Africa. Translated by Laura E. Hengehold. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Bucaille, Lætitia. 2019. Making Peace with Your Enemy: Algerian, French, and South African Ex-Combatants. Trans. Ethan Rundell. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Butler, Anthony. 2019. Cyril Ramaphosa: The Road to Presidential Power. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.  

Carruthers, Jane. 2017. National Park Science: A Century of Research in South Africa. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Cheeseman, Lindsay Whitfield and Carl Death. Eds. 2017. The African Affairs Reader: Key Texts in Politics, Development, and International Relations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Christensen, Darin and David D. Laitin. 2019. African States Since Independence: Order, Development, & Democracy. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Clark, Msia Kibona. 2018. Hip-Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Clark, Msia Kibona, Phiwokuhle Mnyandu, and Loy L. Azalia. 2019. Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Clarke, Kamari Maxine. 2019. Affective Justice : The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback. Durham: Duke University Press.

Coe, Cati. 2019. The New American Servitude : Political Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers. Anthropologies of American Medicine. New York: New York University Press.

Coleman, Katharina and Thomas K. Tieku, eds. 2018. African Actors in International Security: Shaping Contemporary Norms. London, UK: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Connell, Dan, ed. 2019. Historical Dictionary of Eritrea, Third Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Corey-Boulet, Robbie. 2019. Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Dave, Nomi. 2019. The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

De Maio, Jennifer L., Suzanne Scheld, and Mintesnot Woldeamanuel, eds. 2019. Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Dwyer, Maggie, and Thomas Molony, eds. 2019. Social Media and Politics in Africa: Democracy, Censorship, and Security. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Eramian, Laura. 2018. Peaceful Selves: Personhood, Nationhood, and the Post-Conflict Moment in Rwanda. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Erlich, Haggai. 2018. Haile Selassie: His Rise, His Fall. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

Falola, Toyin, ed. 2017. The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Fredericks, Rosalind. 2018. Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Frimpong, Augustine Adu. 2020. Life Expectancy in Africa: Improving Public Health Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Fwatshak, Sati U. 2017. The Transformation of Central Nigeria. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Gagliardone, Iginio. 2019. China, Africa and the Future of the Internet. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Girke, Felix. 2018. The Wheel of Autonomy: Rhetoric and Ethnicity in the Omo Valley. Integration and Conflict Studies; 18. New York, NY: Berghahn Book.

Green, Toby. 2019. A Fistful of Shells : West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Griffiths, Anne M. O. 2019. Transformations on the Ground: Space and the Power of Land in Botswana. Bloomington, IU Press.

Grillo, Laura S. 2018. An Intimate Rebuke: Female Genital Power in Ritual and Politics in West Africa. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Guseh, James S. and Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor. 2019. Governance and Democracy in Africa: Regional and Continental Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Hackman, Melissa. 2018. Desire Work: Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in South Africa. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Hagberg, Sten, Ludovic O. Kilbora, and Gabriella Körling, eds. 2019. Démocratie par le bas et politique municipale au Sahel. Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 4. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala University Press.

Hagberg, Sten (ed.). 2019. Sécurité par le bas: Perceptions et perspectives citoyennes des défis de sécurité au Burkina Faso. Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 5. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala Universitet.

Hays, Patricia and Gary Minkley, eds. 2019. Ambivalent: Photography and Visibility in African History. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Hershey, Megan. 2019. Whose Agency: The Politics and Practice of Kenya’s HIV-Prevention NGOs. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Hicks, Celeste. 2018. The Trial of Hissène Habré: How the People of Chad Brought a Tyrant to Justice. London, UK: Zed Books Ltd

Hjort, Mette and Eva Jørholt. 2019. African Cinema and Human Rights. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Ibreck, Rachel. 2019. South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline. London, UK: Zed Books, Ltd.

Jacobs, Sean. 2019. Media in Postapartheid South Africa. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Johnson, Abiodun O. 2018. There but for the Grace of God. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Johnson, Lamar L., Gloria Boutte, Gwenda Greene, and Dywanna Smith. 2019. African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Judd, Peter Haring. 2018. Figures in a Spare Landscape: Serving in the Twilight of Empire, Bornu Province, Nigeria 1959-60. New York, NY: Ma’arri, an imprint of Spuyten Duyvil Publishing.

Kalu, Kenneth and Toyin Falola, eds. 2019. Oppression and Resistance in Africa and the Diaspora. London: Routledge.  

Kanbur, Ravi, Akbar Noman, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, eds. 2019. The Quality of Growth in Africa. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Katongole, Emmanuel. 2017. The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for a New Creation in Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Kimonyo, Jean-Paul. 2019. Transforming Rwanda: Challenges on the Road to Reconstruction. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.   

Kohl, Christoph. 2018. A Creole Nation: National Integration in Guinea-Bissau. New York, NY: Berghahn.

Kovacs, Mimmi Soderberg and Jesper Bjarnesen. 2018. Violence in African Elections: Between Democracy and Big Man Politics. London, UK: Zed Books.

Kramon, Eric. 2018. Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Lagamma, Alisa (ed.). 2020. SAHEL: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Distributed by Yale University Press.

Livingston, Julie. 2019. Self-Devouring Growth : A Planetary Parable As Told from Southern Africa. Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography. Durham: Duke University Press.

M’baye, Babacar, and Besi Brillian Muhonja, eds. 2019. Gender and Sexuality in Senegalese Societies: Critical Perspectives and Methods. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.

Mabanckou, Alain and Dominic Richard David Thomas. 2018. The Tears of the Black Man. Translated by Dominic Thomas. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Mack, John. 2019. The Artfulness of Death in Africa. London, UK: Reaktion Books.

Mains, Daniel. 2019. Under Construction : Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia. Durham: Duke University Press.

Malka, Haim. Ed. 2020. Faith in the Balance: Regulating Religious Affairs in Africa. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Matebesi, Sethulego. 2017. Civil Strife Against Local Governance: Dynamics of Community Protests in Contemporary South Africa. Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers.   

McCauley, John F. 2017. The Logic of Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Mills, Greg, Olusegun Obasanjo, Tendai Biti, and Jeffrey Herbst. 2019. Democracy Works: Turning Politics to Africa’s Advantage. London: Hurst & Company.

Moorman, Marissa J. 2019. Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1931–2002. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Morojele, Naleli. 2016. Women Political Leaders in Rwanda and South Africa: Narratives of Triumph and Loss. Opladen, Germany: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

Moskowitz, Kara. 2019. Seeing Like a Citizen: Decolonization, Development, and the Making of Kenya, 1945–1980. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Muaka, Leonard and Esther Mukewa Lisanza, eds. 2019. Language in Contemporary African Cultures and Societies. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Murphy, Crystal. 2019. Microcredit Meltdown: The Rise and Fall of South Sudan’s Post-Conflict Microcredit Sector. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Mustapha, Abdul Raufu and Kate Meagher (eds.). 2020. Overcoming Boko Haram: Faith, Society, & Islamic Radicalization in Northern Nigeria. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer Inc.

Mwangi, Evan Maina. 2017. Translation in African Contexts: Postcolonial Texts, Queer Sexuality, and Cosmopolitan Fluency. Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press.

Ncube, Mthuli and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa. Eds. 2017. Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Newell, Stephanie. 2020. Histories of Dirt : Media and Urban Life in Colonial and Postcolonial Lagos. Durham: Duke University Press.

Nimrod. 2019. Nimrod: Selected Writings. Edited by Frieda Ekotto. Translated by Dawn Cornelio et al., Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Noret, Joël (ed.). 2020. Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches. New York: Berghan Books.

Nyabola, Nanjala. Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era Is Transforming Politics in Kenya. London: Zed Books, 2018.

Ogude, James. Ed. 2019. Ubuntu and the Reconstitution of Community. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Okech, Awino. 2019. Widow Inheritance and Contested Citizenship in Kenya. London: Routledge.

Olaopa, Tunji. 2017. Reforms, Governance and Development in Nigeria. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Olaopa, Tunji. 2017. Transforming the African Public Service. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Oloruntoba, Samuel Ojo, ed. 2017. Africa and its Diaspora: History, Identities and Economy. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Onditi, Francis, Gilad Ben-Nun, Cristina D’Alessandro, and Zach Levey, eds. 2019. Contemporary Africa and the Foreseeable World Order. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Oyebade, Adebayo and Gashawbeza Bekele. Eds. 2017. The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Palmer, Ian, Nishendra Moodley and Susan Parnell. 2017. Building a Capable State: Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa. London, UK: Zed Books Ltd.

Pauli, Julia. 2019. The Decline of Marriage in Namibia: Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Piot, Charles, and Kodjo Nicolas Batema. 2019. The Fixer : Visa Lottery Chronicles. A Theory in Forms Book. Durham: Duke University Press.

Potts, David, ed. 2019. Tanzanian Development: A Comparative Perspective. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.  

Premawardhana, Devaka. 2018. Faith in Flux: Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Rotberg, Robert (ed.). 2020. Things come Together: Africans Achieving Greatness in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP.

Rubbers, Benjamin and Alessandro Jedlowski, eds. 2020. Regimes of Responsibility in Africa: Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts. New York: Berghahn Books.

Rutagengwa, Jean Bosco. 2019.  Love Prevails: One Couple’s Story of Faith and Survival in the Rwandan Genocide. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.     

Schmidt, Elizabeth. 2018. Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Schraten, Jürgen. 2020. Credit and Debt in an Unequal Society: Establishing a Consumer Credit Market in South Africa. New York: Berghahn Books.

Schroven, Anita. 2019. Playing the Marginality Game: Identity Politics in West Africa. New York: Berghahn Books. 

Scott, Guy. 2019. Adventures in Zambian Politics: A Story in Black and White. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Seibert, Gerhard and Paulo Fagundes Visentini, eds. 2019. Brazil-Africa Relations: Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Engagements from the 1960s to the Present. Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer.

Shelter, Jan Bender. 2019. Claiming Civic Virtue: Gendered Network Memory in the Mara Region, Tanzania. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Smith, Maya Angela. 2019. Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 

Smith, Stephen. 2019. The Scramble for Europe: Young Africa on its Way to the Old Continent. Medford, MA: Polity Press.

Sotunsa, Mobolanle Ebunoluwa and Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, eds. 2017. Gender, Culture and Development in Africa. Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press.

Staller, Jared. 2019. Converging on Cannibals: Terrors of Slaving in Atlantic Africa, 1509–1670. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Stroeken, Koen. Medicinal Rule: A Historical Anthropology of Kingship in East and Central Africa. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Talton, Benjamin. 2019. In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Tengan, Alexis Bekyane. 2019. Of Life and Health: The Language of Art and Religion in an African Medical System. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

Thomson, Susan. 2018. Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Tousignant Noémi. 2018. Edges of Exposure: Toxicology and the Problem of Capacity in Postcolonial Senegal. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Toussaint, Éric. 2019. The Debt System: A History of Sovereign Debts and Their Repudiation. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.

Trefon, Theodore and Noël Kabuyaya. 2018. Goma: Stories of Strength and Sorrow from Eastern Congo. London, UK: Zed Books.

Vastapuu, Leena. 2018. Liberia’s Women Veterans: War, Roles and Reintegration. London, UK: Zed Books.

Waetjen, Thembisa (ed.). 2019. Opiods in South Africa: Towards a Policy of Harm Reduction. Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press.

Warchol, Greg L. 2017. Exploiting the Wilderness: An Analysis of Wildlife Crime. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Wiegratz, Jörg, et al. 2018. Uganda: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation. London, UK: Zed Books.

Wiley, Katherine Ann. 2018. Work, Social Status, and Gender in Post-Slavery Mauritania. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Yanguas, Pablo. 2018. Why We Lie About Aid: Development and the Messy Politics of Change. London, UK: Zed Books.

Young, John. 2019. South Sudan's Civil War: Violence, Insurgency and Failed Peacemaking. London, UK: Zed Books.

Záhořík, Jan. 2019. Inequalities and Conflicts in Modern and Contemporary African History: A Comparative Perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.