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Readings in Modernity in Africa
     

Readings in Modernity in Africa

by Peter Geschiere, Birgit Meyer, Peter Pels
 

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ISBN-10: 0253219965

ISBN-13: 9780253219961

Pub. Date: 12/28/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

This book provides students of Africa with a guide to the bewildering variety of scholarly work on the issue of modernity in Africa, and to offer some tools for dealing with its intellectual paradoxes. Part One contains both analytical and historical examples of the genealogies of modernity in the African continent and the fragmentation over time of its unilinear meta

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This book provides students of Africa with a guide to the bewildering variety of scholarly work on the issue of modernity in Africa, and to offer some tools for dealing with its intellectual paradoxes. Part One contains both analytical and historical examples of the genealogies of modernity in the African continent and the fragmentation over time of its unilinear meta-narrative. Part Two provides a set of rich ethnographic sketches of its current manifestations in politics, urban space, technology and the realm of the invisible. What emerges as critically important in this challenging collage of texts, are the varying ways in which modernity actually produces its other - that is, 'tradition'. Contributions include writings and extracts from: JAMES G. FERGUSON, S.N. EISENSTADT, JOHN MENSAH SARBAH, J-P. OLIVIER DE SARDAN, MARGARET NIGER-THOMAS, JULIUS NYERERE, THABO MBEKI, LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR, BARBARA OOMEN, PETER PELS, BIRGIT MEYER, JEAN-FRANCOIS BAYART, KWAME NKRUMAH, ACHILLE MBEMBE, MARIAN FERME, BRIAN LARKIN, FRANCIS NYAMNJOH, ALLEN F. ROBERTS & MARY NOOTER ROBERTS, BASILE NDIJO. Published in association with the International African Institute North America: Indiana University Press; South Africa: Unisa Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253219961
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Series:
Readings in African Studies Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Sources and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Genealogies of Modernity in Africa, by Peter Geschiere, Birgit Meyer, and Peter Pels
Part 1. Genealogies of "Modernity" in Africa
Introduction to Part 1
A. From "Modernization" to "Modernity"
Introduction
"Global Disconnect: Abjection and the Aftermath of Modernism," by James G. Ferguson
Excerpts from Modernization: Protest and Change, by S. N. Eisenstadt
"Fanti National Constitution: Administrative Questions," by John Mensah Sarbah
B. The Loss of Development's Meta-Narrative
Introduction
The World Bank's Changing Discourse on Development: From Reliance on the State and "Modernizing Elites" to "Bypassing the State," collage from World Bank texts, 1972-1989
Excerpts from Anthropology and Development: Understanding Contemporary Social Change, by Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan
Excerpts from "Buying Futures": The Upsurge of Female Entrepreneurship—Crossing the Formal/Informal Divide in Southwest Cameroon, by Margaret Niger-Thomas
C. The Modern Production of Tradition
Introduction
"Report of the Expedition Sent by the Government of Natal to Instal Cetywayo as King of the Zulus," by Theophilus Shepstone
"Ujamaa: The Basis of African Socialism," by Julius Kambarage Nyerere
"The African Renaissance, South Africa and the World," by Thabo Mbeki
"The Pidginization of Luguru Politics: Administrative Ethnography and the Paradoxes of Indirect Rule," by Peter Pels
"The Resurgence of Chiefs: Retribalism and Modernity in Post-1994 South Africa," by Lungisile Ntsebeza
"Chiefs! Law, Power, and Culture in Contemporary South Africa," by Barbara Oomen
D. Identity and Personhood in Africa
Introduction
"The African Road to Socialism," by Leopold Sedar Senghor
"Society and Ideology," by Kwame Nkrumah
"African Identities," by Kwame Anthony Appiah
"Missionary Fact and Politics of the Belly: A Foucaultian Reading," by Jean-Francois Bayart
"Rheumatic Irony: Questions of Agency and Self-Deception as Refracted through the Art of Living with Spirits," by Michael Lambek
Part 2. Ethnographies of the Modern in Africa
Introduction
A. Dynamics of Governmentality
"The New Africans: Between Nativism and Cosmopolitanism," by Achille Mbembe
"Staging Politisi: The Dialogics of Publicity and Secrecy in Sierra Leone," by Mariane Ferme
B. The City
"Tales of the 'Invisible City' and the Second World," by Filip de Boeck
"On the Worlding of African Cities," by Abdoumaliq Simone
C. Technology
"Degraded Images, Distorted Sounds: Nigerian Video and the Infrastructure of Piracy," by Brian Larkin
"Kwaku's Car: The Struggles and Stories of a Ghanaian Long-Distance Taxi Driver," by Jojada Verrips and Birgit Meyer
D. Modernity's Enchantment
"Witch-Hunting and Political Legitimacy: Continuity and Change in Green Valley, Lebowa, 1930-1991," by Isaac A. Niehaus
"The Convert: Act One Scene III and Act Two Scene III," by Francis Nyamnjoh
"Introduction," by Allen F. Roberts and Mary Nooter Roberts
E. New Figures of Success: Beyond the Modern?
Excerpts from Entre Paris et Bacongo, by Justin-Daniel Gandoulou
"Evolues and Feymen: Old and New Figures of Modernity in Cameroon," by Basile Ndjio
"A Successful Life in the Illegal Realm: Smugglers and Road Bandits in the Chad Basin," by Janet Roitman
Index

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