In the second episode of Theory Buzz Podcast, hosts Bassam Haddad and Libby Anker speak with Mahmood Mamdani on his recent book Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities (Harvard University Press, 2020). The conversation features such topics as state-building through the function of the national and the colonial, how such processes categorized different populations, and how such categorizations created pretexts for state violence and control.
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Click here to read Jadaliyya's recent NEWTON article on Mahmood Mamdani's Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities.
Theory Buzz Podcast is a monthly podcast that brings authors, books, theory, and the world together in a dynamic way. Away from both lofty pretenses and empiricist disdain, we cut through the jargon to elucidate important ideas and emphasize their significance to our moment. Every month, we hold a friendly but productive conversation with an author of a recent book in social theory, broadly conceived (don’t hold us to account on “recent”). Our conversations will address the history and trajectories of these works, while emphasizing their relevance to, and impact on, the worlds we live in.
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Mahmood Mamdani is professor and executive director of Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University and the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University. Mamdani has taught at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). Mahmood Mamdani was listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008, and served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa) from 1998 to 2002. Mamdani has written extensively on colonialism and post-colonialism. Among these are several books: Define and Rule, 2013; Citizen and Subject, 1996; Saviors and Survivors, 2009; Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, 2004; and When Victims Become Killers, 2001. His latest work is Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities, Harvard, Belknap Press, 2020.