Democracy and Modernity in Southern Africa

Development or Deformity?

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Michael Allen

This book looks at problems that have arisen with modernization and development in Africa and seeks an explanation for persistent increases in inequality, even in the context of improved technologies and institutions that were intended to better meet human needs for safety, nurture, belonging, and creative fulfillment. The author coins the term “deformed modernization” to describe this state of affairs. The work draws on the post-liberation experiences of five countries in Southern Africa—Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

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  • container title
    IAD Occasional Paper Series
  • isbn
    978-0-9802223-7-1; 0-9802223-7-0
  • publisher
    Cornell Institute for African Development
  • publisher place
    Ithaca, NY
  • rights holder
    Institute for African Development
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  • series title
    IAD Occasional Paper Series