Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument / Edition 1

Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument / Edition 1

by Patrick Chabal, Jean-Pascal Daloz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253212871

ISBN-13: 9780253212870

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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, more-personalized setting? How are the prospect: for reform and renewal in African societies affected by the emerging elite? Is "modernization" in Africa different? Are there within African countries social,…  See more details below

Overview

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, more-personalized setting? How are the prospect: for reform and renewal in African societies affected by the emerging elite? Is "modernization" in Africa different? Are there within African countries social, political, and cultural factors which abet the continuation of patrimony and conspire against economic development?

Relations of power between rulers and the ruled continue to influence 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 tendency to resort to extreme and often ritualized violence in situations of civil disorder point to a process of "re-traditionalizing" in African societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253212870
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
African Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
902,195
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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

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