Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Informality Rules

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 29, 2013

In the second part of my small series on theory and the everyday in Africa for Konkret, I write about the second economy which is the mainstay of many people. I recognise the sheer size of the sector and the linkages to what is called the formal economy. Read the article here (German).

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Critical Whiteness: Finger on the Trigger

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 10, 2013

BlackWhiteStalinist self-criticism, bans on talking, trigger warnings: The discussion on Critical Whiteness in Germany takes weird turns on its margins. An interim interjection. (more…)

Zimbabwe: Zanu PF Triumphs in Elections, MDC Alleges Fraud

Posted in African Politics, Zimbabwe by ruben eberlein on August 10, 2013

zimbabwesqFor German media, the situation in Zimbabwe seems perfectly clear: President Robert Mugabe is an “old devil” (Spiegel Online) or a “devilish long-time president” (Stutt-garter Zeitung) who, it is said, ruined the country during his 33 years in power. The development of the country, however, is much more complex than the media suggest. Read my article on Zimbabwe in the latest issue of Jungle World (German, pdf here).

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Book Review: “Africa Emerges” by Robert I. Rotberg

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Reviews by ruben eberlein on August 5, 2013

Read my review of Robert I. Rotberg’s new book Africa Emerges which appeared in the latest issue of the Frankfurt-based journal Welt-Sichten. (more…)

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