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Law, Society, and National Identity in Africa

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Law, Society, and National Identity in Africa.
ed.: Abun-Nasr, Jamil M. ; Spellenberg, Ulrich ; Wanitzek, Ulrike
Hamburg : Buske , 1990 . - 225 p. - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung ; 1 )
ISBN 3-87118-973-1

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The 1960s marked the end of European colonial domination in most parts of Africa. In the period of the struggle against colonial rule the nationalist African leaders tended to emphasize African culture as the basis of national identity of their countries, and after independence they used idealized constructions of pre-colonial African culture in order to legitimize new economic and political structures. Yet the complexity of modern life required dealing with issues of social and economic development in new ways. Contradictory and changing policy positions show that the concept of national identity, which many African leaders appear to stress as a fundamental basis of the state, is neither static nor easily definable. It reflects the complexity of modern life and the requirement of dealing with issues of social and economic development in continuously changing ways. Consequently, a combination of ideas emerged supporting on the one hand the creation of a modern society while, on the other hand, giving this new society a distinctive African foundation. These two currents are visible particularly in the laws enacted in many African countries with the aim of solving problems relating to legal pluralism. The purpose of this volume is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for analyzing these problems. The contributions discuss the different methods used to deal with them, and how they manifest themselves in official policy, actual government practice, and in the ordinary people’s responses.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Law
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 11:27
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 11:43
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/20827