Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument / Edition 1

Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument / Edition 1

by Patrick Chabal, Jean-Pascal Daloz
     
 

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,

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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" 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

Indiana University Press

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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:
1,131,204
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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