Comrades, Clients and Cousins

Comrades, Clients and Cousins

Colonialism, Socialism and Democratization in Sao Tome and Principe

eBook - 2006
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Since liberation in 1975 São Tomé and Príncipe experimented with socialism but eventually turned to liberal democracy and free market economics. In this massive case study, researcher Seibert describes this African Creole culture, how it was formed and "recolonized" in terms of its primary church, and how old hierarchies, although stripped of previous slavery, largely remain. He describes the rise of nationalism to independence, and the resulting impact on the people's perceptions of stability, the era of the one-party socialist state, economic and political changes which led to pluralism and democratic elections, including the 2001 presidential election, and returns to where ordinary lives were actually lived, rooted in time-honored kinship and rumor. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Brill USA
This book provides comprehensive information on the 500-year long colonial history, post-colonial politics, and local political culture and practice of the island republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, one of the smallest and least known African countries.

Publisher: Leiden : Brill, 2006
Edition: 2nd ed., completely rev. and updated ed
ISBN: 9789047408437
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xviii, 615 pages) : illustrations


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