Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana (African Issues) [Kenneth Good] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Is Botswana still. This book wipes the lustre off Africa’s sparkling success story, Botswana. Through the pages of a relatively slim volume, Australian Professor. Cambridge Core – Economics: General Interest – Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana – by Kenneth Good.

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For Good, the devil is in the detail. This text is a terrific starting point for serious discussion of what is really going on in Africa. The book consists of an introduction, six substantive chapters, a brief conclusion, and appendix. English Choose a language for shopping. Is Botswana still ‘an African miracle’? Split in to five main sections, the book investigates diamond production, the power of the president, the predominance of one party rule, the social weaknesses in the country and the subordination of the San people.

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This is by far the most searing chapter in the book—and based on existing literature and news reports, as well as on the author’s own earlier work; indeed others have noted the unnecessary and cruel treatment of the San people by government authorities and the ways in xiamonds they have become subjects in the land of their birth.


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Such an observation has been widely propagated by the leaders of the Botswana Democratic Party BDPand diamnods also been enthusiastically supported by the academic community. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana takes aims at what it calls “celebratory” literature by positing that Botswana is neither developmental nor democratic in material terms. The brief conclusion of the book serves as a prelude to the appendix, which narrates the author’s own difficulties with the government, which ultimately led to his expulsion from the country.

If left remocracy, the current rewriting of history and the dissemination of outright falsehoods are likely to be disastrous for Africa as well as the diamond trade. Please include page numbers for quotes used. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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What is ‘perpetual democracy’? Please try again later. The President in Botswana is empowered to do whatever he pleases. Botswana is counter-posed as the modern miracle gotswana. Get to Know Us. They are emblematic of what is known as “the resource curse”. The Republic of Botswana has occupied a privileged position in Africanist literature as the premier developmental state. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. In fact, today Botswana is at the center of a major reorganization of the global rough diamond trade.


Professor Good asserts the need to strengthen and democratise the electoral and voting systems. Similarly, chapter 3 narrates the political dominance of the BDP since independence and botssana how its uninterrupted hegemony has allowed the executive presidency to centralize power and undermine democracy. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Kenneth Good was an employee of the University of Botswana for more than a decade Product details Hardcover Publisher: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Alarmingly too, Good warns of the growing power of the military and intelligence services in Botswana. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.