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The Uganda Asian Expulsion-Twenty Years After

Twenty Years After Mahmood Mamdani The tragedy of pre-1972 Uganda Asians was that they acquiesced while their common interests were defined by a handful of proprietors who placed their bets on the continued intervention of Britain in its former colony and not on the struggle for self- determination and rights within the colony The tragedy of Uganda Asians today is that yet again their banner has been usurped by recession-driven large proprietors who seek to gain privileged treatment under the protection of yet another constellation of external interests.

Africa Democratic Theory and Democratic Struggles

Democratic Struggles Mahmood Mamdani A curious feature of current African politics is the prescription of solutions drawn from a context other than the one that gave rise to its problems. Whereas the source of demands is the existing African context, the framework for solutions is generally a received theory of democracy which has little to do with contemporary realities in Africa.

Research and Transformation-Reflections on a Visit to South Africa

Reflections on a Visit to South Africa Mahmood Mamdani The contrasting pressures generated by the dialectic of oppression and resistance have shaped the character of the research infrastructure in South Africa, The initiatives that have defined it have come from three sources: from capital, from university-based intellectuals and from the mass movement. A discussion on research and transformation in South Africa.

Social Movements, Social Transformation and Struggle for Democracy in Africa

and Struggle for Democracy in Africa Mahmood Mamdani Thandika Mkandawire Wamba-dia-Wamba The current 'crisis in Africa1 demands that attention be directed to the subjective factor in African development. For whatever the roots of that crisis, its solution can only be the result of initiative by organised social forces inside Africa. So far the focus of inquiry had largely been one-sided

Nationality Question in a Neo-Colony- A Historical Perspective

A Historical Perspective Mahmood Mamdani Apologists of imperialism not so long ago used to characterise every people in Africa as a tribe, regardless of their level of social development. Their contemporary counterparts have replaced the concept of tribe by that of ethnic group and use it with equal facility for either a tribe, a nationality or a nation. This underlines their reluctance, not just inability to understand African social development and its historically changing character.

The Ideology of Population

Mahmood Mamdani This paper seeks to contribute to the development of a scientific explanation of the rising rates of natural increase in population in most backward capitalist countries and thereby to deepen the critique of neo-Malthusianism and attempt a redefinition of what has been called the 'population problem' The author analyses the reproductive behaviour of two social groups that form the bulk of the population in the Indian social formation : the working peasantry and the unemployed. He tries to delineate those historically created social relations that explain the reproductive behaviour of these groups.

Class Struggles in Uganda

Mahmood Mamdani An anaysis of class formation is possible only if it is situated in a concrete understanding of the social processes of production. The relations between classes, between those who labour and the few who appropriate, and the specific form it takes, can only be understood if we begin with social production, itself a historically determined process.

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