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"Negative ethnicity" is Koigi wa Wamweres name for the deep-seated tensions in Africa that the world has seen flare so terrifyingly. The genocide in Rwanda and "ethnic" killing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and elsewhere stand out as examples. Wa Wamwere argues that these clashes cannot properly be described as ethnically motivated; ethnicity, a positive distinction, has nothing of the hatred here at work. Negative Ethnicity gives a new picture of the force behind untold deaths on the continent, dispelling the myth of an intractable conflict waged along simple, ancient lines.

Negative Ethnicity explains the roots, colonial and pre-colonial, of the current "ethnic" tensions. It goes on to describe how, for most Africans, ethnic identity is ambiguous, and analyzes why that fact is obscured. The culprits are many: chronic poverty, a broken education system, preying dictators, corrupt officials, the colonial legacy of hate, the ongoing exploitation of the West.

Negative Ethnicity is both a history and a manual for change, intended to introduce Westerners to the crisis and to give Africans a new understanding of it. Perhaps never before has the problem been addressed with such clarity and insight.

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Taking readers into the heart of African genocide, the author confronts the sheer terror of ethnic cleansing and Africa.

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A history as well as a manual for change, Negative Ethnicity is a compelling account of genocide in Rwanda, Sudan, Algeria, and other countries, based on both the author's firsthand observations and stories he was told by other witnesses. A veteran of decades of ethnic violence in his native Kenya, Wamwere explores how poverty, corruption, the colonial legacy, and Western nations have contributed to Africa's problems, and also identifies solutions.

About the Author

KOIGI WA WAMWERE is a political activist and writer. Born in Kenya in 1949, he has been fighting for social change in his home country for decades. He was imprisoned in Kenya five times between 1975 and 1996, spending a total of thirteen years in prison, including periods during which he was tortured. His execution was averted only by the combined efforts of the Norwegian government and human rights activists around the world. Today, wa Wamwere continues to put his life on the line for human rights, inspiring those around him with his clear vision and personal strength. Wa Wamwere lives in New York City and Kenya.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583225769
Author:
Wa Wamwere, Koigi
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Koigi wa Wamwere
Author:
Koigi
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Ethnic conflict
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
World politics -- 1989-
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Open media book
Series Volume:
107-16
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.4 in 6.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Taking readers into the heart of African genocide, the author confronts the sheer terror of ethnic cleansing and Africa.
"Synopsis" by , A history as well as a manual for change, Negative Ethnicity is a compelling account of genocide in Rwanda, Sudan, Algeria, and other countries, based on both the author's firsthand observations and stories he was told by other witnesses. A veteran of decades of ethnic violence in his native Kenya, Wamwere explores how poverty, corruption, the colonial legacy, and Western nations have contributed to Africa's problems, and also identifies solutions.
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