Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument - Chabal, Patrick; Daloz, Jean-Pascal
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How do political systems in Africa work? Is the "real" business ofpolitics taking place outside the scope of standard political analysis, in an"informal" or more personalised setting? How are the prospects for reform andrenewal in African societies affected by the emerging elites? Is "modernisation" inAfrica different? Are there within African countries social, political and culturalfactors which aspire to the continuation of patrimony and conspire against economicdevelopment? Relations of power between rulers and the ruledcontinue to inform the role of the state and the expectations of the…mehr

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How do political systems in Africa work? Is the "real" business ofpolitics taking place outside the scope of standard political analysis, in an"informal" or more personalised setting? How are the prospects for reform andrenewal in African societies affected by the emerging elites? Is "modernisation" inAfrica different? Are there within African countries social, political and culturalfactors which aspire to the continuation of patrimony and conspire against economicdevelopment? Relations of power between rulers and the ruledcontinue to inform the role of the state and the expectations of the newlyemphasized civil society. The question of identity, the resurgence of ethnicity andits attendant "tribal" politics, the growing importance of African religions and theincreasing resort to extreme and often ritualised violence in situations of civildisorder, point to a process of "re-traditionalising" in Africansocieties African Issues, edited by Alex de Waal February1999 192 pp 5 x 8 Index
  • Produktdetails
  • African Issues
  • Verlag: INDIANA UNIV PR
  • Seitenzahl: 192
  • Altersempfehlung: ab 22 Jahre
  • Erscheinungstermin: Januar 1999
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 216mm x 135mm x 17mm
  • Gewicht: 222g
  • ISBN-13: 9780253212870
  • ISBN-10: 0253212871
  • Artikelnr.: 22191898
Autorenporträt
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.
Inhaltsangabe
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