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Title:Readings in modernity in Africa
Editors:Geschiere, PeterISNI
Meyer, BirgitISNI
Pels, PeterISNI
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:0253219965; 9780253219961; 0852558988; 9780852558980; 9780253219961; 9780253351760; 9781868885282
Geographic term:Africa
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Abstract:This reader provides students of Africa with an overview of the variety of scholarly work stimulated by the question of modernity and offers some tools for dealing with its intellectual paradoxes. It consists of two parts: one providing analytical and historical examples of the genealogies of modernity in Africa; the other a set of ethnographic sketches of current manifestations of modernity in Africa. Part 1 documents striking changes in the conception of the modern, notably in relation to Africa, over the last decades of the 20th century (texts by James G. Ferguson, S.N. Eisenstadt, John Mensah Sarbah, the World Bank, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Margaret Niger-Thomas, Theophilus Shepstone, Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Thabo Mbeki, Peter Pels, Lungisile Ntsebeza, Barbara Oomen, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Kwame Nkrumah, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jean-François Bayart, and Michael Lambek). Part two considers five foci of modernity: dynamics of governmentality (Achille Mbembe on the new Africans, Mariane Ferme on the dialogics of publicity and secrecy in Sierra Leone), the city (Filip de Boeck on Kinshasa, Abdoumaliq Simone on the worlding of African cities), technology (Brian Larkin on Nigerian videos and the infrastructure of piracy, Jojada Verrips and Birgit Meyer on the struggles of a Ghanaian long-distance taxi driver), modernity's enchantment (Isak A. Niehaus on witch-hunting in Lebowa, South Africa, a play on Christian fundamentalism by Francis Nyamnjoh, Allen F. Roberts & Mary Nooter Roberts on Sufi art in Senegal), and new figures of success (Justin-Daniel Gandoulou on the sapeurs of Brazzaville, Basile Ndjio on old and new figures of modernity in Cameroon, and Janet Roitman on smugglers and road bandits in the Chad Basin). [ASC Leiden abstract]