Great books on Africa

NAI is running a series where our researchers choose their favourite books by African scholars. The posts are gathered here on our website. Most of the books can be found in the NAI library.

Classic critique of ‘ethnic identity’ concept

#Great books on Africa.Au cœur de l’ethnie by Jean-Loup Amselle and Elikia M’bokolo criticises the concept ‘ethnic identity’. “Although published in 1985, it became even more interesting in the 1990s when several conflicts in Africa were labeled as ethnic conflicts. The authors argue that ethnic identity is a result of political processes rather than...

Jesper Bjarnesen recommends "On the Postcolony"

Series: Great Books on Africa.“It is a dense and somewhat difficult book to read, but worth the effort. I keep discovering new nuances in it” – Jesper Bjarnesen on ‘On the Postcolony by Achille Mbembe’.

Patience Mususa recommends the book "Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd"

Series: Great books on Africa.Patience Mususa highlights a book that challenges the idea of all-knowing experts. “We don’t know everything. I think that is an important approach for all scholars”. Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd, How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds by Francis B. Nyamnjoh

"Africa's development in the twenty-first century: pertinent socio-economic and development issues"

picked by NAI guest researcher Samia Satti

2017-06-20. “This book is so useful because it provides insights on how Africa can move forward to enhance long-term socio-economic development. It covers broad and important issues and provides a multidisciplinary analysis of Africa’s development opportunities and challenges.” / Samia Satti, professor of economics at Khartoum University, Sudan

Africa's development in the twenty-first century: pertinent socio-economic and development issues, edited by Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang and Kwamina Panford (Ashgate Publishing), 2006.

"Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities"

picked by Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues

2017-05-31. Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, social anthropologist from Angola and Portugal, has picked Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities, by Edgar Pieterse and AbdouMaliq Simone, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town (2013).

“This book – which has great photos – provides new theoretical and practical tools for urban analysis. It shows the constellations of perspectives and logics that need to be combined to truly improve knowledge about African cities.”

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