“The contributors to Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa refreshingly and convincingly remind us that ethnic attachments and democracy need not be mutually exclusive.”
Marie-Eve Desrosiers, African Studies Review
The politics of identity and ethnicity will remain a fundamental characteristic of African modernity. For this reason, historians and anthropologists have joined political scientists in a discussion about the ways in which democracy can develop in multicultural societies. In Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa, the contributors address why ethnicity represents a political problem, how the problem manifests itself, and which institutional models offer ways of ameliorating the challenges that ethnicity poses to democratic nation-building.
Bruce Berman is a professor of political studies at Queen's University, Ontario. More info →
Dickson Eyoh is the director of the African studies program at New College, University of Toronto. More info →
Will Kymlicka holds the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queens University. More info →
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