African boundaries : barriers, conduits and opportunities

edited by Paul Nugent and A.I. Asiwaju

Boundaries are inherently artificial - they interpose barriers between people which do not exist by any fundamental law of human organization. The contrast between the intentions of those who police boundaries and those who are affected by them is part of the paradoxical nature of boundaries throughout the world. In Africa the paradoxes were accentuated, as colonial powers constructed new boundaries for their own purposes, altering the pre-colonial perceptions of the boundary and its functions. This study discusses the development and function of African boundaries from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Beginning with the historical perspective, the book then considers the impact of boundaries on pastoralists, the use of borders as "cordons sanitaire" against diseases, the perception of political space and the role of borders as places of residence and refuge. The book examines borders in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia and Zaire. Finally, European comparisons are drawn in order to assess the extent to which African boundaries are unusual, and to make an assessment of their future development.

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  • Part 1 Arcs and lines - myths and realities: it didn't happen at Berlin - politics, economics and ignorance in the setting of Africa's colonial boundaries, Simon Katzenellenbogen
  • arbitrary lines and the people's minds - a dissenting view on colonial boundaries in West Africa, Paul Nugent
  • permeable boundaries in Africa, Ieuan Griffiths. Part 2 Pastoralists and boundaries: ecological outcomes of boundary formation in Massailand, Katherine Homewood
  • pastoralists and national borders in Nigeria, Roger Blench. Part 3 In search of the cordon sanitaire: foreign bodies - the history of labour immigration as a threat to public health in Uganda, Maryinez Lyons
  • pan-African rinderpest campaigns, Gordon Scott
  • African boundaries and crop health protection, B.M. Gerard. Part 4 Community, territory and the state: love and healing in forced communities - borderlands in Zimbabwe's war of liberation, Heike Schmidt
  • rain forests, diamonds and war - the Sierra Leone boundary wilderness, Paul Richards
  • Liberian and Sahel refugees in Ghana - the politics of providing assistance, A. Essuman-Johnson
  • boundary and territory in the Horn, Christopher Clapham. Part 5 Comparative reflections: borderlands in Africa - a comparative research perspective with particular reference to Western Europe, A.I. Asiwaju
  • conclusion - the future of African boundaries, Paul Nugent and A.I. Asiwaju.

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書名 African boundaries : barriers, conduits and opportunities
著作者等 Asiwaju, A. I.
Nugent Paul
出版元 Pinter
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 xii, 276 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 185567372X
NCID BA28070367
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス