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Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument [Paperback]

Item : Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument [Paperback]
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Author Author : Chabal, Patrick, Daloz, Jean-Pascal
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0253212871
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780253212870
Publisher Publisher : Indiana University Press
Pages Pages : 192
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100001828

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 ? x 8 ? Index

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.

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

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