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Africa Works : Disorder as Political Instrument - Patrick Chabal

Africa Works

Disorder as Political Instrument

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780253212870
Number Of Pages: 192

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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 WaalFebruary 1999 192 pp 5 A1/2 x 8 A1/2 Index

Note on the Authors
Introduction: The Question of Analysis
The Informalization of Politicsp. 1
W(h)ither the State?p. 3
The Illusions of Civil Societyp. 17
Recycled Elitesp. 31
The 'Re-traditionalization' of Societyp. 45
Of Masks and Men: the Question of Identityp. 49
The Taming of the Irrational: Witchcraft and Religionp. 63
Crime and Enrichment: the Profits of Violencep. 77
The Productivity of Economic 'Failure'p. 93
The Ab(use) of Corruptionp. 95
The Bounties of Dependencep. 110
The (In)significance of Developmentp. 124
A New Paradigmp. 139
The Political Instrumentalization of Disorderp. 141
Bibliographyp. 164
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780253212870
ISBN-10: 0253212871
Series: African Issues
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.72  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.32

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