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Recent Dutch and Belgian approaches to ethnicity in Africa

Author(s): K. Schilder | W. van Binsbergen

Journal: Afrika Focus
ISSN 0772-084X

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1-2;
Start page: 3;
Date: 1993;
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Keywords: Ethnicity Africa | Colonialism | Culture

The papers in the present special issue of Afrika Focus are discussed from a comparative and theoretical perspective, which highlights the shortcomings of current approaches to African ethnicity on two counts: the assumption that ethnicity is a colonial creation, and the over-emphasis on political manipulation. The papers here presented suggest that there is a case for a re-assessment of the limits to ethnic manipulation, and the exploration of the explanatory value of local cultures considered over considerable time periods.
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