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Define and Rule: Native as Political Identity (The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures) [Kindle Edition]

Mahmood Mamdani
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When Britain abandoned its attempt to eradicate difference between conqueror and conquered and introduced a new idea of governance as the definition and management of difference, lines of political identity were drawn between settler and native, and between natives according to tribe. Out of this colonial experience arose a language of pluralism.


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In "Define and Rule," Mahmood Mamdani considers the empire of so-called 'indirect rule' and argues that, far from being a weak state, as has long been assumed, indirect rule embodied a distinctly modern political rationality. This book is a much-needed historiographic and contemporary-political intervention. It is vintage Mamdani: erudite, pathbreaking, and a profound challenge to conventional wisdom.--Nasser Hussain, author of "The Jurisprudence of Emergency: Colonialism and the Rule of Law"

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Mahmood Mamdani is Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0674050525
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009S9ZF4U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 May 2013
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In this short and pithy collection of essays from the WEB lectures, this is a brilliant synthesis of Mamdani's thesis around the question of citizenship, subject and identity which he first really developed in Citizen and Subject (actually, the ideas were first begun to be expressed in From Citizen to Refugee), and which he subsequently evolved in 'When Victims Become Killers', 'Good Muslim, Bad Muslim', 'Saviors and Survivors'. In this book Mamdani's ideas are developed further still. A really terrific book.
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