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Healing the Scar: idealizing Britain in Africa, 1997–2007

Gallagher, Julia (2009) 'Healing the Scar: idealizing Britain in Africa, 1997–2007.' African Affairs, 108 (432). pp. 435-451.

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This article examines the British government's commitment to Africa during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister. Drawing on interviews with politicians from across the political spectrum and with officials involved in Africa policy, it shows how British work and relationships in Africa are described in thin and highly idealized ways, depicting a project seemingly able to transcend ordinary politics. The article suggests that this idealization of Africa has been valued by state actors for the ways in which it appeared to connect them to a ‘good’ and ‘noble’ cause, and in particular the way it enhanced their perceptions of the capacity and potency of the British state.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 00019909
Copyright Statement: subject to 24 months embargo. publisher version can not be used.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1093/afraf/adp024
Depositing User: Huei-Lan Liu
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 11:15
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/7668


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