Continuing the tradition we started last year, this summer will see the second installment of the Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. Over the course of the summer, we will feature posts about newly published books in African politics. Not all of the books are written by political scientists, but all have something to do with important questions in African politics, such as protests, social cash transfers, sexual minorities, advocacy, oil and more.
We’ll have guest posts by the authors, reviews by us, and author Q&As. This is where you come in — if you have questions for the authors, please ask them in the comments section below. If you know of other books on African politics published between 2013-15 that you would like to see featured in the summer reading series, we will happily consider a few bonus posts.
We’ll be posting about these books on Fridays this summer, starting next week and following the tentative schedule below (subject to change). Please join us by reading along, asking questions of the authors and letting us know what you thought about each book.
- June 12 – “Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change,” by Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly
- June 19 – “Africa’s New Oil: Power, Pipelines and Future Fortunes,” by Celeste Hicks
- June 26 – “Dictators and Democracy in African Development: The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria,” by A. Carl LeVan
- July 3 – “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa,” by Howard French
- July 10 – “Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory, Citizenship,” edited by S.N. Nyeck and Marc Epprecht
- July 17 – “Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives in Transnational Activism,” edited by Alex de Waal
- July 24 – “Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution,” by James Ferguson
- July 31 – “Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo: Power to the Margins,” by Timothy Raeymaekers
- Aug. 7 – “Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe,” by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
- Aug. 14 – “We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program,” by Bernadette Atuahene
- Aug. 21 – “Government of Development: Peasants and Politicians in Postcolonial Tanzania,” by Leander Schneider
- Aug. 28 – “American Warlord: A True Story,” by Johnny Dwyer
- Sept. 4 – “Having People, Having Heart: Charity, Sustainable Development, and Problems of Dependence in Central Uganda,” by China Scherz
- Sept. 11 – “Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong,” by Morten Jerven