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Michael Schatzberg

Professor Emeritus
Affiliated with African Cultural Studies (joint appointment); African Studies Program; Global Studies Program
Research Interests: 
Africa, Development, Political Culture, Political Legitimacy, Sports



Michael G. Schatzberg, "Soccer and the State: The Politics and Morality of Daily Life," in Tejumola Olaniyan, ed. State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa: Enchantings (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017), 77-93.

“Transformation and Struggle: Space in Africa,” in Till Förster and Lucy Koechlin, eds., The Politics of Governance (London: Taylor & Francis, 2015), 25-51.

Michael G. Schatzberg,“Transformation and Struggle: Space in Africa,” in Till Förster and Lucy Koechlin, eds., The Politics of Governance: Actors and Articulations in Africa and Beyond (New York and London: Routledge, 2015), 25-51.

 “The Structural Roots of the DRC’s Current Disasters: Deep Dilemmas,” African Studies Review 55:1 (April 2012), 117-121.

Les complexités de la « démocratie » : la Fédération ougandaise de football en tant que « polity », Politique africaine, no. 118 (juin 2010), 123-141.

“Ethnography and Causality: Sorcery and Popular Culture in the Congo,” in Edward Schatz, ed., Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Politics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 183-200.

Political Legitimacy in Middle Africa: Father, Family, Food (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001).

 “La sorcellerie comme mode de causalité politique,” Politique africaine, no. 79 (octobre 2000): 33-47.

 “Hijacking Change: Zaire’s ‘Transition’ in Comparative Perspective,” in Marina Ottaway, ed. Democracy in Africa: The Hard Road Ahead (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1997), 113-34.

“Beyond Mobutu: Kabila and the Congo,” Journal of Democracy 8:4 (October 1997): 70-84.

“Postcolonial State: Central Africa,” in John Middleton, ed., Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara, 4 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons Reference Books, 1997), 3:472-74.

 “Zaire,” in Seymour Martin Lipset, ed., The Encyclopedia of Democracy (Washington, D. C.: Congressional Quarterly Books, 1995), 4:1 403-05.

“The Cultural Foundations of Power and the Present Political Transition,” in L’Afrique dans le monde: Actes du séminaire (Geneva: Centre de Recherches Entreprises et Sociétés and Espace Afrique, 1995), 55-61.  

“Power, Legitimacy and ‘Democratisation’ in Africa” Africa 63:4 (1993): 445-61

“Zaire Under Mobutu: Consistencies and Contradictions of U.S. Policy,” in Friendly Tyrants: An American Dilemma, ed. Daniel Pipes and Adam M. Garfinkle (New York: St. Martin’s, 1991), 421-47.

Mobutu or Chaos?: The United States and Zaire, 1960-1990 (Lanham and Philadelphia: University Press of America and Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1991).

“Administration et oppression au Zaire: Une approche au niveau local,” in Pile et face: Bilan de la coopération belgo-zairoise (Brussels: La Revue Nouvelle and CNCD, 1989), 78-89.  

“Military Intervention and the Myth of Collective Security: The Case of Zaire,” Journal of Modern African Studies 27:2 (June 1989): 315-40.

The Dialectics of Oppression in Zaire (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1988; paperback edition, 1991).

“The Kenyan Bourgeoisie, External Capital, and the State: An Introduction,” in The Political Economy of Kenya, ed. M. G. Schatzberg (New York: Praeger, 1987), 1-13. (Co-authored, Gilbert M. Khadiagala and Michael G. Schatzberg)

The Political Economy of Kenya (New York: Praeger, 1987).

 “The Metaphors of Father and Family,” in The Political Economy of Cameroon, ed. M.G. Schatzberg and I. W. Zartman (New York: Praeger, 1986), 1-19.

“Two Faces of Kenya: The Researcher and the State,” African Studies Review 29:4 (December 1986): 1-15.

The Political Economy of Cameroon (New York: Praeger, 1986). (Co-edited, Michael G. Schatzberg and I. William Zartman)

“Small Towns in Africa: Crucibles of State, Class, and Ethnicity,” Comparative Urban Research 10:2 (1985): 9-20.

“Introduction,” in The Political Economy of Zimbabwe, ed. M. G. Schatzberg (New York: Praeger, 1984), 1-7.

“Zaire,” in The Political Economy of African Foreign Policy: Comparative Analysis, ed. Timothy M. Shaw and Olajide Aluko (Farnsborough and New York: Gower and St. Martin’s, 1984), 283-318.

The Political Economy of Zimbabwe (New York: Praeger, 1984).

“Explaining Zaire,” African Affairs 82:329 (October 1983): 569-73. (Review Essay) “Le Mal Zairois: Why Policy Fails in Zaire,” African Affairs 81:324 (July 1982): 337-48.

“Ethnicity and Class at the Local Level: Bars and Bureaucrats in Lisala, Zaire,” Comparative Politics 13:4 (July 1981): 461-78.

“The State and the Economy: The ‘Radicalization of the Revolution’ in Mobutu’s Zaire,” Canadian Journal of African Studies 14:2 (1980): 239-57.

“The Chiefs of Upoto: Political Encapsulation and the Transformation of Tradition in Northwestern Zaire,” Cultures et développement 12:2 (1980): 235-69.

Politics and Class in Zaire: Bureaucracy, Business, and Beer in Lisala (New York and London: Africana Publishing Company, 1980).

 “Conflict and Culture in African Education: Authority Patterns in a Cameroonian Lycée,” Comparative Education Review 23:1 (February 1979): 52-65.

“Blockage Points in Zaire: The Flow of Budgets, Bureaucrats, and Beer,” in Small Urban Centers in Rural Development in Africa, ed. Aidan Southall (Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin, 1979), 297-312.  

 “Islands of Privilege: Small Cities in Africa and the Dynamics of Class Formation,” Urban Anthropology 8:2 (1979): 173-90.

Bibliography of Small Urban Centers in Rural Development in Africa (Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979).

“Fidélité au Guide: The J.M.P.R. in Zairian Schools,” Journal of Modern African Studies 16:3 (September 1978): 417-31.

“Soccer, Science, and Sorcery: Causation and African Football,” Afrika Spectrum 41:3 (2006): 351-369.