Africa Matters: Cultural politics, political economies, & grammars of protest provides a sampling of insightful articles from the first five issues of Nokoko, journal of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. It brings together pieces that the journal’s editorial board felt were particularly perspicacious in their analysis and resonant in their crafting. Uniting them in this book permits a new dialogue to emerge around the key themes of cultural politics, political economies and grammars of protest. Their intersection here sheds light on important issues for Africans in the twenty-first century.

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Introduction: On the matter of African mattersBlair Rutherford and Pius Adesanmi

Two cities: Guangzhou / LagosWendy Thompson Taiwo

Catherine Acholonu (1951- 2014): The female writer as a goddess—Nduka Otiono

Filming home, plurality of identity, belonging and homing in transnational African cinema—Suvi Lensu

‘Spare Tires’, ‘Second Fiddle’ and ‘Prostitutes’? Interrogating discourses about women and politics in
Nigeria—Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin

The South African Reserve Bank and the telling of monetary stories—Elizabeth Cobbett

The neoliberal turn in the SADC: Regional integration and disintegration—Jessica Evans

Indian hair, the after-temple-life: Class, gender and 137 race representations of the African American woman in the human hair industry—Nadège Compaore

The role of radio and mobile phones in conflict situations: The case of the 2008 Zimbabwe elections and xenophobic attacks in Cape Town—Wallace Chuma

The story of Cape Town’s two marches: Personal reflections on going home—Stephanie Urdang

Beyond an epistemology of bread, butter, culture and power: Mapping the African feminist movement—Sinmi Akin-Aina

Setting the agenda for our leaders from under a tree: The People’s Parliament in Nairobi—Wangui Kimari and Jacob Rasmussen

Politics across boundaries: Pan-Africanism: Seeds for African unity—Gacheke Gachihi

Afterword: Incorporeal words: The tragic passing of Pius Adesanmi—Blair Rutherford

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  • ISBN print: 978-1-988832-31-9
  • ISBN ebook: 978-1-988832-32-6
  • Publication date: October 2019
  • Page count: 237
  • Binding type: Perfect bound, soft cover
  • Trim size: 6in x 9in
  • Language: English
  • Colour: B&W

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