Book Launch; Uganda: the Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation

Date

Monday, 15 April 2019

Event Details

Makerere University has been collaborating with the University of Leeds, UK, on various research projects. The Research collaboration culminated into the publication of the book entitled: Uganda: the Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation by Zed Publishers in November 2018. The editors of the book are: Jörg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco.

Book Reference: Jörg Wiegratz, Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco (2018). Uganda: the Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation. London: Zed Books.

As part of the efforts to divulgate the knowledge generated, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere University together with Zed Books have organized to launch the book. The book Launch is organized for Monday 15th April, 2019 at the School of Women and Gender Studies, Conference Hall starting at 2:30pm.

As a key stakeholder, you are hereby invited to attend the book launch. It is our sincere hope that you will honor our invitation. Attached please find the programme for the day.

Looking forward to interacting with you at this great event!

Abstract

For the last three decades, Uganda has been one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Globally praised as an ‘African success story’, the country has become an exemplar of economic and political reform for those who espouse a neoliberal model of development. These policies and the resulting restructuring of the country have been accompanied by narratives of progress, prosperity and modernization and justified in the name of development.

But this self-celebratory narrative masks the disruptive social impact of these reforms and silences the complex and persistent crises resulting from neoliberal transformation. Bringing together a range of leading scholars on the country, this collection represents a timely contribution to the debate around the ‘New Uganda’, one which confronts the often sanitized accounts of the Museveni government and its proponents.

Harnessing a wealth of empirical materials, the contributors offer a critical, multi-disciplinary analysis of the unprecedented transformations brought about by neoliberal capitalis restructuring since the 1980s. The result is the most comprehensive study to date of a neoliberal market society in contemporary Africa, offering crucial insights for other countries in Global South.

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