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Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument (African Issues)

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How do political systems in Africa work? Is the "real" business of politics taking place outside the scope of standard political analysis, in an "informal" or more personalised setting? How are the prospects for reform and renewal in African societies affected by the emerging elites? Is "modernisation" in Africa different? Are there within African countries social, political and cultural factors which aspire to the continuation of patrimony and conspire against economic development?

Relations of power between rulers and the ruled continue to inform the role of the state and the expectations of the newly emphasized civil society. The question of identity, the resurgence of ethnicity and its attendant "tribal" politics, the growing importance of African religions and the increasing resort to extreme and often ritualised violence in situations of civil disorder, point to a process of "re-traditionalising" in African societies

African Issues, edited by Alex de Waal

February 1999 192 pp 5 ½ x 8 ½ Index

About the Author

Patrick Chabal is Professor of Lusophone African Studies at King's College, London.

Jean-Pascal Daloz is a Senior CNRS Researcher at the Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire in Bordeaux.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transitions and continuities: the question of analysis

I THE INFORMALISATION OF POLITICS

Whither the state?

The illusions of civil society

Recycled elites

II THE RE-TRADITIONALISATION OF SOCIETY

Of masks and men: the question of identity

The use and abuse of the irrational: witchcraft and religion

Warlords, bosses and thugs: the profits of violence

III THE PRODUCTIVITY OF ECONOMIC "FAILURE"

The moral economy of corruption

The bounties of dependence

"What if Africa refused to develop?"

Conclusion: A new paradigm: the political instrumentalisation of disorder

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253212870
Subtitle:
Disorder as Political Instrument
Author:
Chabal, Patrick
Author:
Daloz, Jean-Pascal
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Elite (Social sciences)
Subject:
Africa, sub-saharan
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Africa, Sub-Saharan Social conditions.
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Issues (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19990122
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.3 x 0.65 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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