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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.
Introduction: Transitions and continuities: the question of analysis
I THE INFORMALISATION OF POLITICS
Whither the state?
The illusions of civil society
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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