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The dialectics of oppression in Zaire /
Michael G. Schatzberg.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1988.
description
x, 193 p., [1] p. of plates : 1 map ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0253317037
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imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1988.
isbn
0253317037
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
13205284
 
Bibliography: p. [174]-189.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1989-03:
Schatzberg (the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) is one of the relatively small group of real experts on Zaire in this country. In this work he updates his Politics and Class in Zaire: Bureaucracy, Business, and Beer in Lisala (CH, Sep '80) by incorporating the (1974-75) field data gathered in Lisala, a small town in northwest Zaire, into macrolevel analysis of the oppressive regime of President Mobutu Sese Seko. Schatzberg uses the concept of the state to analyze how and why Mobutu's regime of "exploitation, corruption, and oppression" has survived so long. He includes chapters on the state as bandit (the armed forces), as family (Mobutu as father), as ear (the political police), and as an insecure entity (resistance from the magistrates and religious groups). The author attempts to construct a theory of the state "from the bottom up" by weaving his local-level data into the broader picture of the grim realities of life in Zaire today. The book features excellent explanatory footnotes (the bibliography is also very good and current), but probably limits its potential audience by lapsing into jargon in its theoretical sections. Any book that beg ins the definition of its key concept--the state--with: ". . .a congeries of organized repositories of administrative, coercive, and ideological power" is clearly not aimed at the general public. For upper-level and graduate students. -C. W. Hartwig, Arkansas State University
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Main Description
"... a truly authoritative source." -- Foreign Affairs "... a valuable book for policy makers, multinational corporations, international organizations, and scholars who are interested in state formation in post-colonial Africa." -- African Studies Review Focusing on what the Zairian state is and does, Schatzberg examines how scarcity and insecurity have become twin motors of a dialectic of oppression, resulting in coercion, corruption, exploitation, and fear.
Main Description
"... a truly authoritative source." -- Foreign Affairs"... a valuable book for policy makers, multinational corporations, international organizations, and scholars who are interested in state formation in post-colonial Africa." -- African Studies ReviewFocusing on what the Zairian state is and does, Schatzberg examines how scarcity and insecurity have become twin motors of a dialectic of oppression, resulting in coercion, corruption, exploitation, and fear.
Main Description
"... a truly authoritative source." -Foreign Affairs "... a valuable book for policy makers, multinational corporations, international organizations, and scholars who are interested in state formation in post-colonial Africa." -African Studies Review Focusing on what the Zairian state is and does, Schatzberg examines how scarcity and insecurity have become twin motors of a dialectic of oppression, resulting in coercion, corruption, exploitation, and fear.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcronyms
Introduction
Triple Helix: State, Class, and Ethnicity in Africa
The State as Ear: Information, Coercion, and the Political Police
The State as Bandit: Armed Forces, Coercive Force
The State as Family, Mobutu as Father: Political Imagery
The Insecure State, I: Resistance Within--The Magistrature
The Insecure State, II: Resistance Without--Religious Groups
The Dialectics of Oppression
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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