"Gihonism: The Root and Routes of Amhara," also being translated into English, is a book that gives an account of the identity, cultural, and political history of the people of Amhara, Ethiopia, with a deeper description of the recent problems they are entangled in. Besides, the book conveys the need of Amhara consciousness to create strong national solidarity in order to overcome those entangling problems due to the rise of highly ethnicized politicalscape in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. The book details the political deprivation, economic impoverishment, the territorial questions, their threatened survival, and the need of an ethnic-conscious mobilization. The looming genocidal tendencies (and those already happened, of course) against Amhara are presented with their nature, actors, and future potential threats. The place of Amhara in the Ethiopian political and economic life has been systematically shrunk, and the book shows how that process marginalized them effectively, as a result with the necessity of ethnic-conscious mobilization. The book navigates about the dilemma of Amhara due to their relative universalistic value systems that have become unfit to cope with the proliferation of highly ethnicized political processes in the country. Above all, the book attempts to address the most critical problems the Amhara are facing, with a strong urge of immediate cultural revival and popular mobilization for a good end.
About the Author
The Author, Mesganaw Andualem Mihiret, is a PhD student at Washington State University in the Cultural Anthropology Program of Department of Anthropology. He currently works on the recrafting selves of Ethiopian immigrants in San Jose, California. His focus of PhD dissertation is cognitive anthropology and or cognitive psychology, where he uses the theory of Alternative Selves to explain how the schematic conflicts and mediation of the host and sender cultures give shape to a new form of self that would enable an adaptive (or maladaptive) adjustment. Previously, the author has been teaching at Hawassa University in the Department of Anthropology, Ethiopia. He has received his Master's Degree in Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University.