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Congo-Paris: Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law (African Issues)

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Congo-Paris

Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law

Janet MacGaffey and Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga

Globalization as practiced by Congolese traders who operate a thriving second economy linking Central Africa and Europe.

Congo-Paris investigates the transnational trade between Central Africa and Europe by focusing on the lives of individual traders from Kinshasa and Brazzaville who operate across national frontiers and often outside the law. Challenging the boundaries of traditional anthropology, Janet MacGaffey and Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga follow complex international networks to examine the ways in which the African second economy has been extended transnationally and globally on the margins of the law. Who are these traders? What strategies do they have, not only to survive but to shine? What kinds of networks do they rely on? What implications does their trade have for the study of globalization? The personal networks of ethnicity, kinship, religion, and friendship constructed by the traders fashion a world of their own. From Johannesburg to Cairo and from Dakar to Nairobi as well as in Paris, the Congolese traders are renowned and envied. This lively book shows that it is not just the multinationals who benefit from jets and mobile phones.

Janet MacGaffey, Professor of Anthropology at Bucknell University, is author of Entrepreneurs and Parasites and coauthor of The Real Economy of Zaire.

Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga teaches at the Centre d'Études Africaines, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and is author of Les Voies du politique au Congo: Essai de sociologie historique.

African Issues--Alex de Waal and Stephen Ellis, editors

Published in association with the International African Institute, London

Contents

Traders, Trade Networks, and Research Methods

Resisting Exclusion and Reacting to Disorder

Commodities, Commercialization, and the Structuring of Identity

Contesting Boundaries: The Defiant Search for Success

The Organization of the Trade: The Importance of Personal Ties

To Surve and Shine: Two Oppositional Cultures

Conclusion: The Wider Context

Synopsis:

Congo-Paris investigates the transnational trade between Central Africa and Europe by focusing on the lives of individual traders from Kinshasa and Brazzaville who operate across national frontiers and often outside the law. Challenging the boundaries of traditional anthropology, Janet MacGaffey and Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga follow complex international networks to examine the ways in which the African second economy has been extended transnationally and globally on the margins of the law. Who are these traders? What strategies do they have, not only to survive but to shine? What kinds of networks do they rely on? What implications does their trade have for the study of globalization? The personal networks of ethnicity, kinship, religion, and friendship constructed by the traders fashion a world of their own. From Johannesburg to Cairo and from Dakar to Nairobi as well as in Paris, the Congolese traders are renowned and envied. This lively book shows that it is not just the multinationals who benefit from jets and mobile phones.

About the Author

Janet MacGaffey is Professor of Anthropology at Bucknell University, author of Entrepreneurs and Parasites, and coauthor of The Real Economy of Zaire.

Re[acute accent over the e]my Bazenguissa-Ganga teaches at the Centre d'Etudes Africaines, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and is author of Les Voies du politique au Congo: Essai de sociologie historique.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction

1. Traders, Trade Networks, and Research Methods

2. Resisting Exclusion and Reacting to disorder

3. Commodities, Commercialization, and the Structuring of Identity

4. Contesting Boundaries: The Defiant Search for Success

5. The Organization of the Trade: The Importance of Personal Ties

6. To Surve and Shine: Two Oppositional Cultures

7. Conclusion: The Wider Context

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253214027
Subtitle:
Transnational Traders on the Margins of the Law
Other:
MacGaffey, Janet
Author:
Bazenguissa-Ganga, Ra(c)My
Author:
Bazenguissa-Ganga, R?my
Author:
MacGaffey, Janet
Author:
Bazenguissa-Ganga, R My
Author:
Bazenguissa-Ganga, Remy
Author:
International African Institute
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
Commerce
Subject:
Business enterprises
Subject:
Exports & Imports
Subject:
International - General
Subject:
International - Economics
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
International trade
Subject:
Congo (Democratic Republic) Commerce.
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Anthropology; Business and Economics; Culture; Current Events; Economics Politics; Europe; Politics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Issues (Paperback)
Publication Date:
20000722
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.49 x 5.32 x 0.67 in

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"Synopsis" by , Congo-Paris investigates the transnational trade between Central Africa and Europe by focusing on the lives of individual traders from Kinshasa and Brazzaville who operate across national frontiers and often outside the law. Challenging the boundaries of traditional anthropology, Janet MacGaffey and Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga follow complex international networks to examine the ways in which the African second economy has been extended transnationally and globally on the margins of the law. Who are these traders? What strategies do they have, not only to survive but to shine? What kinds of networks do they rely on? What implications does their trade have for the study of globalization? The personal networks of ethnicity, kinship, religion, and friendship constructed by the traders fashion a world of their own. From Johannesburg to Cairo and from Dakar to Nairobi as well as in Paris, the Congolese traders are renowned and envied. This lively book shows that it is not just the multinationals who benefit from jets and mobile phones.
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