We are looking for additional contributors to an edited volume on Minorities and the State in Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives to be published by Routledge.
Most states in African, as in other parts of the world, have one or more minority groups. Here, we conceptualize minorities broadly to include persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities. The issue of land, economic and cultural globalization and the increasing tendency toward homogeneity amongst the dominant populations are emblematic of the treatment of minorities in many states. The tendency for the dominant population to marginalize minorities within their national boundaries has frequently led to conflict and destabilization. Often minority groups and indigenous people face discrimination and human rights abuses with little effective protection from the law. The volume aims to explore the various facets of the relationship between States and Minorities across Africa. We are particularly looking for papers that will cover southern Africa as well as religious minorities. We welcome contributions from political scientists, sociologists, historians and all scholars of African studies broadly defined. All the contributions will be peer-reviewed, as well as the final manuscript.
To contribute to the collection, send an abstract of no more than 600 words by 25 April 2008 to
Dr Michael U. Mbanaso mmbanaso@Howard.edu
Dr. Mike Mbanaso, Director
E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research
Howard University School of Social Work
Holy Cross Hall, 3rd floor
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
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