Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling

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In this book, Patrick Chabal discusses the limitations of existing political theories of Africa and proposes a different starting point; arguing that political thinking ought to be driven by the need to address the immediacy of everyday life and death. How do people define who they are? Where do they belong? What do they believe? How do they struggle to survive and improve their lives? What is the impact of illness and poverty? In doing so, Chabal proposes a radically different way of looking at politics in ...

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Overview

In this book, Patrick Chabal discusses the limitations of existing political theories of Africa and proposes a different starting point; arguing that political thinking ought to be driven by the need to address the immediacy of everyday life and death. How do people define who they are? Where do they belong? What do they believe? How do they struggle to survive and improve their lives? What is the impact of illness and poverty? In doing so, Chabal proposes a radically different way of looking at politics in Africa and illuminates the ways ordinary people "suffer and smile." This is a highly original addition to Zed's groundbreaking Global Political Theories series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842779095
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: World Political Theories Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK CHABAL is a Professor of African Studies at King's College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Politics of Being
• The Politics of Belonging
• The Politics of Believing
• The Politics of Partaking
• The Politics of Striving
• The Politics of Surviving
• The Politics of Suffering
• Conclusion

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