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U VIN, Peter 1998 Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press. V ILLALON, Leonardo 1995 Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Women’s Rights Movements as a Measure of African Democracy JUDITH VAN ALLEN� ABSTRACT The currently dominant neoliberal narrative of democratization in Africa is silent on women, focussing (as have the dominant narratives on colonialism and nationalism before it) on conflicts between male elites.

The Luo Council of Elders appears to be a similar effort in western Kenya. It is a revival of a dormant organization that does not appear to have had the governing authority associated with its Meru counterpart. It has been revived by an array of elites, both rural and urban, from across the large Luo community, and has initiated a series of discussions on issues such as slowing the spread of AIDS (the Luo are the ethnic group in Kenya hardest hit by AIDS) and curbing the costs of “traditional” funerals (Author interview, Prof.

Pp. 278-92 in Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies, edited by Larry Diamond. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. ” Pp. 421-61 in Habermas and the Public Sphere, edited by Craig Calhoun. Cambridge: MIT Press. ” World Development 24(10):1621-39. ” International Journal 51(1):54-77. ” Oxford Journal of Development Studies. CIVIL SOCIETY IN AFRICA OR AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY? ” Pp. 44-63 in Africa: Dilemmas of Development and Change, edited by Peter Lewis. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

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