Item description for A Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi (Kachere Books, No. 14.) by Harri Englund...
After thirty years of autocratic rule under "Life President" Kamuzu Banda, Malawians experienced a transition to multi-party democracy in 1994. A new constitution and several democratic institutions promised a new dawn in a country ravaged by poverty and injustice. This book presents original research on the economic, social, political and cultural consequences of the new era. A new generation of scholars, most of them from Malawi, cover virtually every issue causing debate in the New Malawi: poverty and hunger, the plight of civil servants, the role of the judiciary, political intolerance and hate speech, popular music as a form of protest, clergy activism, voluntary associations and ethnic revival, responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and controversies over women's rights. Both chameleon-like leaders and the donors of Malawi's foreign aid come under critical scrutiny for supporting superficial democratization. The book ends with a rare public statement on the New Malawi by Jack Mapanje, Malawi's internationally acclaimed writer.
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Studio: Nordic Africa Institute
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Publisher Nordic Africa Institute
ISBN 9171064990 ISBN13 9789171064998
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More About Harri Englund
Harri Englund is University Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of "From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland" and the editor of "A Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi" and "Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa."
Harri Englund has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Cambridge.