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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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. For example, Botswana exhibits higher levels of inequality democraxy all other African countries save for Lesotho and Namibia. However a duopoly of presidentialism and ruling party preponderance has stimulated arrogance, complacency and corruption among the country’s rulers.

Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He illustrates how diamond production has helped to foster a nation entirely dependent on diamonds for its revenue and Good highlights the ways in which this situation has both created and masked the inequalities in the country.

For Good, the treatment of the Basarwa is acutely symptomatic of a deep ethnic chauvinism that abounds in Botswana and which re-enforces the demonstrably false and dangerous notion of national homogeneity. Good is no crude Afro-pessimist. We ask that all book note reviews are limited to a maximum of words per drmocracy. Write a customer review. Similarly, chapter 3 narrates the political dominance of the BDP since independence and describes how its uninterrupted hegemony has allowed the executive presidency to centralize power and undermine democracy.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This text is a terrific starting point for serious discussion of what is really going on in Africa. If you are interested at all in the fair trade of diamonds, then read this book!!!


Why Botswana is no longer a safe haven for elephants. 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 which they have become subjects in the land of their birth. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. One person found this helpful.

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Good delves into the realities of the situation in Botswana, publicising facts that the BDP would rather not be revealed. What is ‘perpetual democracy’? 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. Book titles OR Journal titles.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, disppssession phone. Yet the country’s liberal democratic order stands in sharp contrast to Asia’s militaristic dictatorial developmental states. Political opposition is ineffectual, and the BDP has been increasingly intolerant of criticism to its governance. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Distributed in the U. Yes, the macro economic and political data make for textbook reading, yet scratching beneath the statistical overburden reveals less than alluring facets to the Botswanan political demmocracy.

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. During his tenure at the University of Botswana, Good earned a reputation as a critical, yet rigorous, scholar and despite his politics being to the left of doamonds of his students, he was democraacy respected as an academic and teacher.


Alarmingly too, Good warns of the growing power of the military and intelligence services in Botswana.

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Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana. In fact, today Botswana is at the center of a major reorganization of the global rough diamond trade. 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.

In fact, the literature on Botswana notes that it has held fewer political prisoners than its former colonial power, Britain. Remember me on this computer. Help Center Find new research papers in: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Insufficient credit is given to the government of Botswana and De Beers for the raft of achievements in, for example, healthcare, education, and infrastructure.