Overview

In an age of new technologies of connections, understanding social transformations in Africa through connections has become pivotal. Africa has now arrived at a juncture, referred to as a 'post-global' moment, where connections have turned the global to a normalcy in Africa and elsewhere. Yet a model to understand social transformations from the perspective of the social life of connections is still lacking. Noting that the nature of the connection is often overlooked in social theory, the studies outlined in ...

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The Social Life of Connectivity in Africa

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Overview

In an age of new technologies of connections, understanding social transformations in Africa through connections has become pivotal. Africa has now arrived at a juncture, referred to as a 'post-global' moment, where connections have turned the global to a normalcy in Africa and elsewhere. Yet a model to understand social transformations from the perspective of the social life of connections is still lacking. Noting that the nature of the connection is often overlooked in social theory, the studies outlined in this volume explore how connectedness continues to change Africa and how Africa continues to shape the social life of connections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137278036
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mirjam de Bruijn is a professor at Leiden University in the study of Modern Africa and researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Rijk van Dijk is an anthropologist and senior researcher working at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

Connectivity and the Post-Global Moment: (Dis-)Connections and Social Change in Africa; Mi.de Bruijn & R.van Dijk
Flows and Forces: Once Contained, Now Detained?: On Connections Past and Present in Rwanda; D.de Lame
Research Practice in Connections: Travels and Methods; M.de Bruijn & I.Brinkman
Patriarchy Turned Upside Down: The Flight of the Royal Women of Kom, Cameroon from 1920 to the 1960s; W.G.Nkwi
Beyond the Last Frontier: Major Trollope and the Eastern Caprivi Zipfel; J-B.Gewald
The 'Victorian Internet' Reaches Halfway to Cairo: Cape Tanganyika Telegraphs, 1875-1926; N.Parsons
Marriages and Mobility in Akan Societies: Disconnections and Connections over Time and Space; A.Bochow
A Ritual Connection: Urban Youth Marrying in the Village in Botswana; R.van Dijk
Connecting Communities and Business: Public-Private Partnerships as the Panacea for Land Reform in Limpopo Province, South Africa; M.Spierenburg, B.Cousins, A.Bos & L.Ntsholo
Connectivities Compared: Transnational Islamic NGOs in Chad and Senegal; M.Kaag
Love Therapy: A Brazilian Pentecostal (Dis)Conne0.ction in Maputo; L.van de Kamp
Ajala Travel: Mobility and Connections as Forms of Social Capital in Nigerian Society; O.Obono & K.Obono
Connecting 'Ourselves': A Dogon Ethnic Association and the Impact of Connectivity; W.E.A.van Beek
Intimate Strangers: Connecting Fiction and Ethnography; F.B.Nyamnjoh
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