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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This point is neatly encapsulated by the fact that Good was expelled for his criticisms of Botswana by presidential decree. Get to Know Us.

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. It asserts that Botswana will have great difficulty extracting itself from such a trap. To this end a strategy of “beneficiation” is being constructed which includes a local polishing industry.

Contact Contact Us Help. Such an observation has been widely propagated by the leaders of the Botswana Democratic Party BDPand has also been enthusiastically supported by the academic community.

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Yet the country’s liberal democratic order stands in sharp contrast to Asia’s militaristic dictatorial developmental states. A multi-cultural coalition asserts that the government is implementing ‘a philosophy of cultural genocide on the non-Tswana tribes’.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Share your thoughts with other customers. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation botswaan 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 dispsosession and intelligence services in Botswana.

However, the book is not just critical, and Good concludes by offering positive suggestions on how Botswana can reform itself. This book is not balanced, nor is it meant to be, as it oscillates between analysis and advocacy.


Botswana is counter-posed as the modern miracle state. In other words, the majority party’s MPs have been party to their own disempowerment. If left unchecked, the current rewriting of history and the dissemination of outright falsehoods are likely to be disastrous for Africa as well as the diamond trade.

Chapter 2 suggests that Botswana is formally democratic but substantively autocratic. Consequently, this strategy has bred an arrogance that has blinded the leaders to the shortcomings of their political and economic programs.

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Diamonds, dispossession and democracy in Botswana

Showing of 1 reviews. 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 many of his students, he was widely respected as an academic and teacher. In fact, the literature on Botswana notes that it has held fewer political prisoners than its former colonial power, Britain. Professor Good asserts the need to strengthen and democratise the electoral and voting systems. Diamonds, Dispossession and Democracy in Botswana.

No eBook available Amazon. Book titles OR Journal titles. Indeed, De Beers is portrayed by Good as co-conspirator in much that is odious in Botswana.

In this meticulously researched monograph, Good sets out to challenge this ahistorical notion and paints a very different picture of Botswana. 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 Inspire Digital Educational Resources. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? How can the gift of diamonds be turned to reform? Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. 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.


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Political opposition is ineffectual, and the Disposssession has been increasingly intolerant of criticism to its governance. Why Botswana is no longer a safe haven for elephants.

We ask that all book note reviews are limited to a maximum of words per book. The rich have used diamonds to secure economic and political powers, which has resulted in high levels of government corruption to the detriment of the majority of the population.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. At the time of his expulsion he had lived and taught in Botswana for 14 years and evinces a deep affection for the country, but an equally deep antipathy for its political leadership, which borders on the visceral.

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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 economy. English Choose a language for shopping.

Such wealth accumulation and an authoritarian political culture have led to radical inequalities: But, as Kenneth Good points out, there is eispossession seamy side to this story.

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