Asafa Jalata, a professor in the Department of Sociology, has three journal articles and a book in press this year. His new book, Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia: Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty and Multinational Democracy, deals with the struggles of Oromia, the largest political region in Ethiopia. The book demonstrates how the oppressor Ethiopian nationalism rationalizes and justifies a hierarchical organization of various peoples and how the oppressed Oromo nationalism provides for the Oromo nation a vision and a program for seeking self-determination and sovereignty by radically transforming the Ethiopian colonial state and its racist political structures and by promoting a multinational democracy.
Jalata—a leading social scientist in the fields of indigenous studies, human rights, Africana studies, and global studies—is engaged in identifying and explaining the chains of historical and political economic forces that shape racial inequality, development, and social movements on local, regional, and global levels.
Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia: Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty and Multinational Democracy (Binghamton: Global Academic Publishing at New York University) (in press).
“The Conceptualization and Theorization of Terrorism,” Humanity & Society, Volume 34 (2) (in press).
“The Tigrayan-led Ethiopian State, Repression, State Terrorism, and Gross Human Rights Violations,” Horn of Africa Journal, Volume 26 (in press).
“The Ethiopian State: Authoritarianism, Violence and Clandestine Genocide,” Journal of Pan African Studies, Volume 3 (6) (in press).
“Being in and out of Africa: The Impact Duality of Ethiopianism,” Journal of Black Studies, Volume 40: 189-214 (2009).
“The Duality of Ethiopianism and its Impacts on Oromo society,” Vital Issues: the Journal of African American Speeches, Volume 18 (1): 22-30 (2009).
“Foundations of a State in Oromia: Applying Gadaa Principles in the Twenty-First Century,”
Journal of Oromo Studies, Volume 15 (2): 133-189 (2008).
“Struggling for Social Justice in the Capitalist World System: The Cases of African Americans, Oromos, Southern and Western Sudanese,” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Volume 14 (3): 363-388 (2008).
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