Myths of Peace and Democracy?: Towards Building Pillars of Hope, Unity and Transformation in Africa by Munyaradzi MawereMyths of Peace and Democracy?: Towards Building Pillars of Hope, Unity and Transformation in Africa by Munyaradzi Mawere

Myths of Peace and Democracy?: Towards Building Pillars of Hope, Unity and Transformation in Africa

EditorMunyaradzi Mawere, Ngonidzashe Marongwe

Paperback | September 14, 2016

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The myths of peace and democracy in Africa are at the heart of this volume. Democracy and peace have become buzz words across postcolonial Africa. The gospel of democracy and peace is preached by national governments and by civil society and international organisations alike. But to what extent are the ongoing sideshows and charades of quasi-oligarchies in Africa really democracy? What do ordinary Africans mean when they hunger and thirst for democracy and peace? Positive and noble as the loud sounding rhetoric about democracy and peace in Africa might seem, the reality of propaganda and dissemblance and of multi-dimensional violence are simply too overwhelming not to be disillusioning. This book interrogates the rampant violence, enduring conflicts, autocratic governance, and facades of democracy amidst claims and calls for enduring peace on the continent. This is a monumental resource book for human rights activists, conflict management practitioners, civil society activists, political scientists, statesmen and development practitioners. It poses a challenge to those African governments who claim to embrace principles of democracy and respect for human rights to rethink and reconsider their role as ambassadors of peace, hope, transformation, and good governance.

Munyaradzi Mawere holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is currently professor in the Department of Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University.Ngonidzashe Marongwe holds a PhD in African History from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He lectures in the Dep...
Title:Myths of Peace and Democracy?: Towards Building Pillars of Hope, Unity and Transformation in AfricaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:September 14, 2016Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:995676390X

ISBN - 13:9789956763900


Table of Contents

Chapter One - Democracy, Violence and Peace in One House: The Dilemma of Post-colonial AfricaChapter Two - From Victims to Agents: Zimbabweans and Xenophobic Violence in Post-Apartheid South AfricaChapter Three - Ethnicity, Xenophobic Attacks and Counter-attacks in AfricaChapter Four - Social Support and the Violence of Individualistic Ontologies: Insights from Namibian Female and Male Youths' ExperiencesChapter Five - Enhancing Democracy and Surmounting the Challenges of Election Management in Africa: Insights from NigeriaChapter Six - Violence and the Politics of the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai's (MDC-T) Mobilisation and Continued Survival, 1999-2014Chapter Seven - 'Mere Paper Covering the Cracks?' The Case of South Africa's Mediation Role in Zimbabwe's crisis, 2008-2013Chapter Eight - Two Party 'de facto' and the Future of Democracy in Africa: The Nigerian ExperienceChapter Nine - Xenophobic Violence and the future of intra-African Relations: The Case of post- apartheid South AfricaChapter Ten - 'Third World' Elections, Peace and Democracy: Lessons from Selected African CountriesChapter Eleven - A Phenomenological Impact and Legacy of the Military on Africa Democratic Experiment: The Nigeria's Example since 1966Chapter Twelve - Intra- and Inter-party Violence in Africa: Narratives and Reflections from ZimbabweChapter Thirteen - Symbolic Violence and Troubled Citizenship: Re-imagination Xenophobia and Foreignness in Post-colonial ZimbabweChapter Fourteen - Peace Education and Peace Culture: Panaceas for Sustainable Peace and Security in Nigeria