Transforming Mozambique

Author: M. Anne Pitcher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139434942
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Many of the economic transformations in Africa have been as dramatic as those in Eastern Europe. Yet much of the comparative literature on transitions has overlooked African countries. This 2002 study of Mozambique's shift from a command to a market economy draws on a wealth of empirical material, including archival sources, interviews, political posters and corporate advertisements, to reveal that the state is a central actor in the reform process, despite the claims of neo-liberals and their critics. Alongside the state, social forces - from World Bank officials to rural smallholders - have also accelerated, thwarted or shaped change in Mozambique. M. Anne Pitcher offers an intriguing analysis of the dynamic interaction between previous and emerging agents, ideas and institutions, to explain the erosion of socialism and the politics of privatization in a developing country. She demonstrates that Mozambique's political economy is a heterogenous blend of ideological and institutional continuities and ruptures.

Revolution Counter Revolution and Revisionism in Postcolonial Africa

Author: Alice Dinerman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135988072
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This groundbreaking study investigates defining themes in the field of social memory studies as they bear on the politics of post-Cold-War, post-apartheid Southern Africa. Examining the government’s attempts to revise postcolonial Mozambique’s traumatic past with a view to negotiating the present, Alice Dinerman stresses the path-dependence of memory practices while tracing their divergent trajectories, shifting meanings and varied combinations within ruling discourse and performance. Central themes include: * the interplay between past and present * the dialectic between remembering and forgetting * the dynamics between popular and official memory discourses * the politics of acknowledgement. Dinerman’s original analysis is essential reading for students of modern Africa; the sociology of memory; Third World politics and post-conflict societies.

The Middle Class in Mozambique

Author: Jason Sumich
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108472885
Format: PDF
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Introduction -- Origins -- Asendance -- Collapse -- Democracy -- Decay -- 2016, concluding thoughts