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Negative Ethnicity: From Bias to Genocide

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"Negative ethnicity" is Koigi wa Wamwere's 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609802684
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Social Science : Black Studies (Global)
Author:
Wa Wamwere, Koigi
Author:
Koigi wa Wamwere
Subject:
History : Africa - Central
Subject:
Philosophy : Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Social Science : Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Ethnic conflict
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
World politics -- 1989-
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
History : Africa - General
Subject:
Social Science : Violence in Society
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
January 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Sociology » Black Studies (Global)
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics

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"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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