Africa Works

Africa Works : Disorder as Political Instrument

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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 Waal February 1999 192 pp 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Indexshow more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253212871
  • 9780253212870
  • 1,088,065

About Patrick Chabal

Patrick Chabal is Professor of Lusophone African Studies at King's College, London. Jean-Pascal Daloz is a Senior CNRS Researcher at the Centre d'Etude d'Afrique Noire in Bordeaux.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Transitions and continuities: the question of analysis I THE INFORMALISATION OF POLITICS Whither the state? The illusions of civil society Recycled elites II THE RE-TRADITIONALISATION OF SOCIETY Of masks and men: the question of identity The use and abuse of the irrational: witchcraft and religion Warlords, bosses and thugs: the profits of violence III THE PRODUCTIVITY OF ECONOMIC "FAILURE" The moral economy of corruption The bounties of dependence "What if Africa refused to develop?" Conclusion: A new paradigm: the political instrumentalisation of disordershow more

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