By Liisa Laakso, Petri Hautaniemi

ISBN-10: 1783600993

ISBN-13: 9781783600991

Exiled populations, who more and more seek advice from themselves as diaspora groups, carry a robust stake within the destiny in their nations of foundation. In a global changing into ever extra interconnected, they interact in 'long-distance politics' in the direction of, ship monetary remittances to and help social improvement of their homelands.

Transnational diaspora networks have therefore develop into international forces shaping the connection among international locations, areas and continents. this significant intervention, written through students operating on the innovative of diaspora and clash, demanding situations the traditional knowledge that diaspora are all too frequently warmongers, their time overseas inflicting them to turn into extra militant of their engagement with neighborhood affairs. particularly, they could and will be a strength for stable in bringing peace to their domestic international locations.

Featuring in-depth case reports from the Horn of Africa, together with Somalia and Ethiopia, this quantity provides a necessary rethinking of a key factor in African politics and improvement.

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The manufacturing sector in Portugal was weak. Much of the early wealth of the Portuguese ports originated rather from the trans-shipment trade between the North and Mediterranean Seas, and most of what the Portuguese had to seIl in Africa originated from other parts of Europe. This gave a particularly sharp edge to the Portuguese search for gold and silver wh ich could be used to buy other commodities. The lack of desirable items far sale posed a dilemma to the Portuguese (and later other Europeans) in the Asian trade opened up by Vasco da Gama's fleet sailing around the Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean.

17. 18-19. 2 Material and Cultural Development in Africa before the Nineteenth Century Accept the chief, fear him. May he also fear you. Daniel Biebuyck and Kahombo Mateene, eds, The Mwindo Epic (University of California Press, 1969) Colonialists and nationalists, radicals included, have generally accepted the historical centrality of race and an identity of race, language and culture which defines the history of Africa as a history of black people. Of course, at a practicallevel, most Africans living south of the Sahara are and have been black so the connection seems obvious and demonstrable.

The head of the household was able to exploit the labour of junior members. Eventually PRE NINETEENTH-CENTURY DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA 23 juniors might succeed as heads, but they could not all do so and this was a major reason for internal tensions and the hiving off of new households. Equally important, if not more so, was the potential for exploiting both the labour and the reproductive capacity of women, which alone made possible the growth of the household and the lineage. The desirability of control over women for elders encouraged polygamy as social ideal and reality.

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