State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa

State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa : Enchantings

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How has the state impacted culture and cultural production in Africa? How has culture challenged and transformed the state and our understandings of its nature, functions, and legitimacy? Compelled by complex realities on the ground as well as interdisciplinary scholarly debates on the state-culture dynamic, senior scholars and emerging voices examine the intersections of the state, culture, and politics in postcolonial Africa in this lively and wide-ranging volume. The coverage here is continental and topics include literature, politics, philosophy, music, religion, theatre, film, television, sports, child trafficking, journalism, city planning, and architecture. Together, the essays provide an energetic and nuanced portrait of the cultural forms of politics and the political forms of culture in contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 449.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illus.
  • 0253029988
  • 9780253029980

Review quote

"An intellectual invitation to take seriously the various ways in which the postcolonial state in Africa and the realm of cultural production interact... the individual contributions are joyously anarchic." -Ebenezer Obadare, author of Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria "From garrison architecture to unruly pedestrians and taxi drivers performing the improvisational choreography of chaotic urban traffic, from Nollywood to philosophical musings on the unfulfilled promises of modernity, from soccer to revolutionary theatre, this volume makes a compelling case for the relevance of cultural studies in the understanding of the postcolonial African state." -Cilas Kemedjio, author of The Humanitarian Misunderstanding: Remembering Globalizationshow more

About Tejumola Olaniyan

Tejumola Olaniyan is Louise Durham Mead Professor of African Cultural Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Arrest the Music! Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics and African Diaspora and the more

Table of contents

Introduction1. Culture and the Study of Politics in Post-Colonial AfricaPatrick Chabal2. Joined at the Hip: African Literature and Africa's Body-PoliticNiyi Osundare3. Philosophy and the State in Postcolonial AfricaOlufemi Taiwo4. Soccer and the State: The Politics and Morality of Daily Life Michael G. Schatzberg5. The Enchanted History of Nigerian State TelevisionMatthew H. Brown6. "Performing like there's no tomorrow": Theatre, War and Social Vulnerability in MozambiqueLuis Madureira7. Fissures of Trespass: Women as Agents of Transgression Amidst National DisenchantmentNevine El Nossery8. The Sudanese Nation and Its Fragments: Tayeb Salih's Literary ArchaeologySofia Samatar9. The African Postcolonial Predicament: A Logic of Revenge, Prison Poetry, and Becoming HumanKen Walibora Waliaula10. "Jesus Christ Executive Producer": Pentecostal Parapolitics in Nollywood FilmsAkin Adesokan11. Hi-fi Sociality, Lo-fi Sound: Affect and Precarity in an Independent South African Recording StudioLouise Meintjes12. Talibe Trafficking: The Transformation of Koranic Teaching in SenegalLark Porter13. Tradition of Resistance in Nigeria's Print Media: The Example of TheNEWSKunle Ajibade14. Improvisational Characteristics of an Urban Fragment: Oxford St., AccraAto Quayson15. Gaining Ground: Squatters and the Right to the CityAnne-Maria Makhulu16. African Urban Garrison Architecture: Property, Armed Robbery, Para-CapitalismTejumola OlaniyanIndexshow more