Saints and Politicians

Saints and Politicians

by Donal B. Cruise O'Brien
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521101093

ISBN-13: 9780521101097

Pub. Date: 02/12/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Political life among the Wolof (the largest and most powerful of Senegal's 'tribal' groups) is the principal theme of this collection of essays. The focus of study is on African political leadership, in towns and villages. Within the constraints of alien control or influence, it is argued, cultural and organisational barriers have consistently allowed a wide range

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Political life among the Wolof (the largest and most powerful of Senegal's 'tribal' groups) is the principal theme of this collection of essays. The focus of study is on African political leadership, in towns and villages. Within the constraints of alien control or influence, it is argued, cultural and organisational barriers have consistently allowed a wide range of initiative to African leaders and communities in a creative and flexible adjustment to new and unfamiliar demands. Exploration of this African initiative in various contexts suggests a complex, fascinating pattern of cultural and structural interaction. The multidisciplinary approach to politics in these essays will interest historians and social anthropologists as well as political scientists. These studies are indeed relevant to any student of the problems of 'underdeveloped' societies involved in the modern state. Parts of the essays have been published elsewhere, but all have been extensively revised, updated and integrated to a coherent pattern of analysis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521101097
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2009
Series:
African Studies Series, #15
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Leading roles and supporting cast in a historical drama; 1. Warlord, Saint and Knight; 2. Land, Cash and Charisma; 3. Chiefs, Saints and Bureaucrats; 4. Bureaucrats and co-operators; 5. Clans, Clienteles and Communities; Conclusion: The Politics of Corruption; Reference Bibliography; Index.

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