Preben Kaarsholm

Preben Kaarsholm is a professor of international development studies at Roskilde University, Denmark.

Listed in: African Studies · Political Science

Africa has witnessed a number of transitions to democracy in recent years. Coinciding with this upsurge in democratic transitions have been spectacular experiences of social disintegration. An alternative to discourses of the “failed” and “collapsed” state in Africa is an approach that takes seriously the complex historical processes underlying the political development of individual nation states.

“Striking, among a range of hypotheses about the origins and continuations of civil strife, is the attenuation of the meaning of genocide, particularly in two stimulating chapters....”