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Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa : Critical Perspectives - John L. Comaroff

Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa

Critical Perspectives

By: John L. Comaroff (Editor), Jean Comaroff (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226114149
Number Of Pages: 336

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The essays in this important new collection explore the diverse, unexpected, and controversial ways in which the idea of civil society has recently entered into populist politics and public debate throughout Africa.
In a substantial introduction, anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff offer a critical theoretical analysis of the nature and deployment of the concept--and the current debates surrounding it. Building on this framework, the contributors investigate the "problem" of civil society across their regions of expertise, which cover the continent. Drawing creatively on one another's work, they examine the impact of colonial ideology, postcoloniality, and development practice on discourses of civility, the workings of everyday politics, the construction of new modes of selfhood, and the pursuit of moral community.
Incisive and original, the book shows how struggles over civil society in Africa reveal much about larger historical forces in the post-Cold War era. It also makes a strong case for the contribution of historical anthropology to contemporary discourses on the rise of a "new world order."

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Practicing Citizenship in Imperial Parisp. 44
Developing Bushmen: Building Civil(ized) Society in the Kalahari and Beyondp. 72
Civil Society and Its Presuppositions: Lessons from Ugandap. 104
Colonial Constructions: Historicizing Debates on Civil Society in Africap. 124
Staging Politisi: The Dialogics of Publicity and Secrecy in Sierra Leonep. 160
Civil Lives: Leadership and Accomplishment in Botswanap. 192
Debating Muslims, Disputed Practices: Struggles for the Realization of an Alternative Moral Order in Nigerp. 219
Curl Up and Dye: Civil Society and the Fashion-Minded Citizenp. 251
IBB = 419: Nigerian Democracy and the Politics of Illusionp. 267
List of Contributorsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780226114149
ISBN-10: 0226114147
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2