Challenges to the nation-state in Africa

Medarbetare: Olukoshi, Adebayo O. | Laakso, Liisa
Utgivare: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Institute of Development Studies, Univ. of Helsinki ;
År: 1996
Ämnesord: conflicts, Ethnicity, Political development, Religion, State, Nation-building, Africa, Political science, Statsvetenskap
The challenges facing the nation-state in contemporary Africa are increasingly attracting the attention of scholars interested to understand how the decomposition and recomposition of popular political identities on the continent are affecting the post-colonial unitary project. The studies presented in this volume show that the challenges to the post-colonial nation-state project in Africa have mainly taken ethno-regionalist, religious and separatist forms. These challenges have been shaped by the long drawn-out economic crisis, zero-sum, market-led structural adjustment, and the legacy of decades of political authoritarianism and exclusion that dates from the colonial period. The contributors to this book present different suggestions to promote national unity and a supporting civic identity in Africa.