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African alternatives /
edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel, Leo de Haan.
imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2007.
description
185 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9004161139, 9789004161139
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imprint
Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2007.
isbn
9004161139
9789004161139
catalogue key
6271761
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Summaries
Description for Reader
Advanced students and scholars with an interest in contemporary Africa, the question of agency and Africa's political, economic, social and cultural perspectives.
Long Description
This collection of articles aims to stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity and to go beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances by analyzing those initiatives that offer alternatives to the prevailing paradigms. It moves away from African 'victimhood' by stressing African 'agency' and by demonstrating that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they faced. This is further detailed in the context of the literary contest between local and global; of issues of land rights and property; of livelihoods and poverty; of the popular culture; of demystifying African migrations; the changing parameters of territoriality; and the dynamics of the tourist encounter.
Main Description
This collection of articles aims to stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity and to go beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances by analyzing those initiatives that offer alternatives to the prevailing paradigms. It moves away from African victimhood by stressing African agency and by demonstrating that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they faced. This is further detailed in the context of the literary contest between local and global; of issues of land rights and property; of livelihoods and poverty; of the popular culture; of demystifying African migrations; the changing parameters of territoriality; and the dynamics of the tourist encounter.
Main Description
This collection of articles aims to stimulate the exploration of African resilience and creativity and to go beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances by analyzing those local initiatives that challenge the prevailing paradigms in the social sciences. It moves away from the image of Africa as a 'victim' by stressing African 'agency' and by demonstrating that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they have faced. The chapters of the book touch on how, within the present context of globalisation, African 'agency' operates with regard to issues of land rights and property; livelihoods and poverty; popular culture; African migrations; the changing parameters of territoriality and the dynamics of the tourist encounter. Book jacket.
Main Description
To stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances this book demonstrates that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they faced.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Social and Historical Trajectories of Agency in Africap. 9
On the Powers and Limits of Literaturep. 21
Land and the Politics of Belonging in Africap. 37
Studies in African Livelihoods: Current Issues and Future Prospectsp. 59
Politics, Popular Culture and Livelihood Strategies among Young Men in a Nairobi Slump. 73
African Migrations: Continuities, Discontinuities and Recent Transformationsp. 95
Migration as Reterritorialization: Migrant Movement, Sovereignty and Authority in Contemporary Southern Africap. 119
Approaching African Tourism: Paradigms and Paradoxesp. 145
List of Contributorsp. 173
Indexp. 179
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