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The state in Africa : the politics of the belly /
Jean-François Bayart.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Cambridge : Polity, 2009.
description
xc, 370 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0745644376, 9780745644370 (pb)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge : Polity, 2009.
isbn
0745644376
9780745644370 (pb)
language note
Translated from the French.
catalogue key
6887516
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-359) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jean-Franccidle;ois Bayart is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre national de law recherches scientific, Paris
Reviews
Review Quotes
"For anyone who wishes to understand the politics of Africa, there is no better book from which to start." Professor John Dunn, King's College, Cambridge "A masterpiece in Africanist literature." Corruption and Reform "Every now and then, something comes along which changes the way in which we think about our subject. Such a book is Jean-Francois Bayart's The State in Africa ." African Affairs "This book should be read by all those (whether scholars or not) who are seriously concerned with understanding post-colonial African politics. Here, at last, is a book which goes beyond facile generalizations and intellectual or cultural prejudice, which respects rather than demeans Africa. The State in Africa is without doubt one of the most challenging books on contemporary Africa to have appeared in the last few years." International Affairs
"For anyone who wishes to understand the politics of Africa, there is no better book from which to start." Professor John Dunn, King's College, Cambridge "A masterpiece in Africanist literature." Corruption and Reform "Every now and then, something comes along which changes the way in which we think about our subject. Such a book is Jean-Francois Bayarts The State in Africa ." African Affairs "This book should be read by all those (whether scholars or not) who are seriously concerned with understanding post-colonial African politics. Here, at last, is a book which goes beyond facile generalizations and intellectual or cultural prejudice, which respects rather than demeans Africa. The State in Africa is without doubt one of the most challenging books on contemporary Africa to have appeared in the last few years." International Affairs
"For anyone who wishes to understand the politics of Africa, there is no better book from which to start." Professor John Dunn, King's College, Cambridge"A masterpiece in Africanist literature." Corruption and Reform"Every now and then, something comes along which changes the way in which we think about our subject. Such a book is Jean-Francois Bayart's The State in Africa." African Affairs"This book should be read by all those (whether scholars or not) who are seriously concerned with understanding post-colonial African politics. Here, at last, is a book which goes beyond facile generalizations and intellectual or cultural prejudice, which respects rather than demeans Africa. The State in Africa is without doubt one of the most challenging books on contemporary Africa to have appeared in the last few years." International Affairs
"For anyone who wishes to understand the politics of Africa, there is no better book from which to start." Professor John Dunn, King’s College, Cambridge "A masterpiece in Africanist literature." Corruption and Reform "Every now and then, something comes along which changes the way in which we think about our subject. Such a book is Jean-Francois Bayart's The State in Africa ." African Affairs "This book should be read by all those (whether scholars or not) who are seriously concerned with understanding post-colonial African politics. Here, at last, is a book which goes beyond facile generalizations and intellectual or cultural prejudice, which respects rather than demeans Africa. The State in Africa is without doubt one of the most challenging books on contemporary Africa to have appeared in the last few years." International Affairs
"For anyone who wishes to understand the politics of Africa, there is no better book from which to start." Professor John Dunn, Kings College, Cambridge"A masterpiece in Africanist literature." Corruption and Reform"Every now and then, something comes along which changes the way in which we think about our subject. Such a book is Jean-Francois Bayart's The State in Africa." African Affairs"This book should be read by all those (whether scholars or not) who are seriously concerned with understanding post-colonial African politics. Here, at last, is a book which goes beyond facile generalizations and intellectual or cultural prejudice, which respects rather than demeans Africa. The State in Africa is without doubt one of the most challenging books on contemporary Africa to have appeared in the last few years." International Affairs
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Summaries
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The State in Africa is one of the important and compelling texts of comparative politics and historical sociology of the last twenty years. Bayart rejects the assumption of African 'otherness' based on stereotyped images of famine, corruption and civil war. Instead he invites the reader to see that African politics is like politics anywhere else in the world, not an exotic aberration. Africans themselves speak of a 'politics of the belly' - an expression that refers not only to the necessities of survival but also to a complex array of cultural representations, notably those of the 'invisible' world of sorcery. The 'politics of the belly' attests to a distinctively African trajectory of power that we need to understand as part of a long-term historical development. While acknowledging the insights of Western social scientists from Weber to Foucault, Bayart never loses sight of the realities of African politics and social life and he is careful to allow African voices - from the 'small boy' in the street to the 'big men' in the presidential palaces - to speak for themselves. This new edition of Bayart's classic book includes a new introduction on Africa in the world today. This book has established itself as an indispensable text on the state and politics in Africa. It also provides a nuanced reading of what we have come to call 'development' and opens the way for a more general reflection on the invention of politics in African and Asian societies.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this work, Bayart rejects the assumption of African 'otherness' based on stereotyped images of famine, corruption and civil war. Instead he invites the reader to see that African politics is like politics anywhere else in the world, not an exotic aberration.
Long Description
The State in Africa is one of the important and compelling texts of comparative politics and historical sociology of the last twenty years. Bayart rejects the assumption of African 'otherness' based on stereotyped images of famine, corruption and civil war. Instead he invites the reader to see that African politics is like politics anywhere else in the world, not an exotic aberration.Africans themselves speak of a 'politics of the belly' - an expression that refers not only to the necessities of survival but also to a complex array of cultural representations, notably those of the 'invisible' world of sorcery. The 'politics of the belly' attests to a distinctively African trajectory of power that we need to understand as part of a long-term historical development.While acknowledging the insights of Western social scientists from Weber to Foucault, Bayart never loses sight of the realities of African politics and social life and he is careful to allow African voices - from the 'small boy' in the street to the 'big men' in the presidential palaces - to speak for themselves.This new edition of Bayart's classic book includes a new introduction on Africa in the world today.This book has established itself as an indispensable text on the state and politics in Africa. It also provides a nuanced reading of what we have come to call 'development' and opens the way for a more general reflection on the invention of politics in African and Asian societies.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vi
Noticep. viii
Preface to the Second English editionp. x
Preface to the first English editionp. lxxv
Preface to the original French editionp. lxxxiii
Introduction: The Historicity of African Societiesp. 1
The Genesis of the State
The Shadow Theatre of Ethnicityp. 41
The Unequal State: 'Little Men' and 'Big Men'p. 60
The Bourgeois Illusionp. 87
The Opportunity Statep. 104
Scenarios in the Pursuit of Hegemony
Conservative Modernisation or Social Revolution? The Extreme Scenariosp. 119
The Reciprocal Assimilation of Elites: The Hypothesis of an Intermediate Scenariop. 150
The Formation of a Postcolonial Historic Blocp. 180
Political Action
Entrepreneurs, Factions and Political Networksp. 207
The Politics of the Bellyp. 228
Conclusion: Of Terroirs and Menp. 260
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 360
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