From Citizen to Refugee

From Citizen to Refugee

Uganda Asians come to Britain



   

Expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972, Mahmood Mamdani arrived in a cold and overcast London, Mamdani to join his compatriots in a camp run by the UK government's resettlement board. As he recounts: 'On the face of it, life in the camp, with its surface calm and order, presented a sharp and favourable contrast to the open terror of living in Uganda. But it was the Kensington camp, and not Amin's Uganda, which was my first experience of what it would be like to live in a totalitarian society.'

In one of his first books, republished here with contemporary images, Mamdani begins to explore the theme of political identity – the colonial politicisation of racial identity and its reproduction after independence – which has been the subject of much of his subsequent work, notably the groundbreaking Citizen and Subject.

With a new preface written especially for this edition. Mamdani also touches on his personal and intellectual journey since From Citizen to Refugee was first published.

This gripping and highly readable story of the Asians’ last days in Uganda interweaves the stories of Mamdani’s friends and family with an examination of Uganda’s colonial history and the subsequent evolution of post-independence politics. The British colonial policy of divide and rule ensured that race coincided with class, effectively politicising the category of race.

This vivid autobiographical account is as pertinent now as when the book was first published in 1973 in its telling of a story that will be familiar to refugees and those seeking asylum in Britain today.

If you're an African non-governmental organisation of limited funds, please email info@pambazukapress.org to arrange a complimentary copy of this ebook (Adobe PDF).

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Title From Citizen to Refugee
Subtitle Uganda Asians come to Britain
Edition 2
BISAC Subject Heading POL003000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POL045000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
BIC Subject Heading HBTQ Colonialism & imperialism
JFFD Refugees & political asylum
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 08 December 2011
 
Format Paperback
Nb of pages VI - 104 p.
ISBN-10 1-906387-57-5
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-57-0
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387570
Publication Date 08 December 2011
Main content page count 104
Front matter page count (Roman) 6
Dimensions 148 x 210 x 0.7 cm
Weight 210 gr
List Price £15.95
 
Format PDF
Nb of pages 150 p.
ISBN-10 0-85749-083-4
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-083-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490834
Reference no. 9781906387587
Publication Date 08 December 2011
Main content page count 150
List Price £12.95
 
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages
Reference no. BUNPDF9781906387570
Weight 210 gr
List Price £28.90
 
Original Title From Citizen to Refugee
Original Language English
Original Publisher Frances Pinter
Original Publication 1972

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