New Book – Contours of the Emergent & Ancient Oromo Nation: Dillemmas in the Ethiopian Politics of State and Nation-Building

November 12, 2011
Author: Prof. Mekuria Bulcha
Publication Date: 2011
Paperback: 720 pages
Price: $50.00 (or 350 South African Rand) plus shipping

Two Options for Ordering Your Copy:

Option 1: From the Publisher
The Centre for Advance Studies of African Society (CASAS)
P.O. Box 359
Rondebosch, 7701
Cape Town, South Africa
E-mail: casas@casas.co.za

Option 2: From the Author
Mekuria Bulcha
Ringstedsgatan 36
164 48 Kista Sweden

Table of CONTENTS
Glossary and Abbreviations
Preface/Acknowledgements

PART ONE: BACKGROUND, PURPOSE, THEORIES, METHODS

Chapter 1: General Introduction
Chapter 2: Basic Concepts and Theoretical Considerations

PART TWO: THE LOCUS CLASSICUS OF OROMO-ETHIOPIAN CONFLICTS AND CONTROVERSIES

Chapter 3: Frontiers of Abyssinian Expansion and Oromo Resistance: A Critique of “Oromo-Migration and Invasion” Theses
Chapter 4: The Shawan Plateau: The Cradle of Oromo Civilization and Springboard for Amhara Expansion
Chapter 5: The Constitution of Waaqeffannaa: Historical-Sociological Interpretations

PART THREE: CONQUEST, COLONIALISM AND NATIONAL IDENTITY

Chapter 6: The Nineteenth-Century Abyssinian Conquest of Oromoland: From Booty Collection to Scramble for African Colonies
Chapter 7: Oromo Struggles against Abyssinian Colonial Conquests: Unacknowledged Resistance and Unreported Battles
Chapter 8: Prevalent Misconceptions about Oromo Identity: A Critique of the “Greater Ethiopia” Discourse
Chapter 9: Structural Features of the Ancient Oromo Nation: Empirical and Theoretical Appraisals

PART FOUR: TRAJECTORIES OF MODERN OROMO NATIONALISM: CONTOURS OF THE EMERGENT OROMO NATION

Chapter 10: Language Policies in the Making of Ethiopians
Chapter 11: Social Movements for Distributive Justice and Recognition: The Bale Peasant Uprising and Macca-Tuulama Association
Chapter 12: The Quest to ‘Break an Imperial Yoke’ and Build an Independent Oromo State
Chapter 13: Political Contradictions and Dilemmas in Post-Dergue Ethiopia: Ethnic Hegemony versus Democratic Federalism
Chapter 14: Conclusion

Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

Illustrations:
Maps: Five
Figures: Seven
Tables: Seven
Pictures: Six

Reviews

… Based on empirical evidence and relevant theories of nationalism Mekuria Bulcha convincingly argues in this book that the pre-colonial Oromo were a pre-modern nation.  He revisits the representation of Oromo identity in Ethiopian history and proposes the innovative and stimulating thesis that the 16th century Oromo ‘invasion’ of the Ethiopian highlands was the result of a conscious effort to regain control of a territory that was lost and contended since the 14th century Abyssinian expansion into the region.  Mekuria Bulcha’s presentation of new evidence of the Oromo resistance to the 19th century conquest, his description of the international appeals by the Oromo elite in the colonial phase, his analysis of the activities of Oromo social movements for cultural and linguistic rights in the 1960s, and his account of the history of rebellion and armed struggle from the 60s, up to the current ethnic federalism are likely to make this book a classic reference for studies on ethno-nationalism. …

Marco Bassi, Ph.D. Research Associate, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK

… This book is an important contribution to the study of identity politics, a subject hotly contested by many Africanists. Bulcha’s discussion of the state-centered bias in much of the academic work on Ethiopia and its denial of the history and pre-colonial autonomy of indigenous non-Abyssinian peoples ought to lead to some serious debate. …

Kajsa Ekholm Friedman, Professor Emeritus, Lund University, Sweden

… ‘This work by Mekuria Bulcha is the most comprehensive and innovative work on the Oromo of Ethiopia ever to be written. Identity politics, he argues, can be a positive challenge to the development of the state. As it has been the case of Southern Sudan – states can also evolve, disappear and change. This work outlines the history, traditions and politics of the Oromo people summarizing and critically assessing all scholarly work done previously. It will remain a seminal work for scholars of Africa and the Oromo for many years to come. It is a master piece and sets new challenges for all of us researching on the Oromo nation and people. I will be the first one to consult this work many times. …

Mario I. Aguilar, Professor, Chair of Religion and Politics & Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

About the Author: Mekuria Bulcha received his PhD degree in Sociology from Uppsala University in 1988 where he continued his academic career as a researcher and Associate Professor from 1989 to 2005. He joined Mälardalen University in 2000 as a lecturer and has been Professor of Sociology at its School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology since 2008. He is author of widely read books and articles on the interrelated issues of ethnic conflict, international migration, and the politics of identity, culture and language.

– Source: Gadaa