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Title:Africa: power and powerlessness
Editors:Horáková, HanaISNI
Nugent, PaulISNI
Skalník, PeterISNI
Series:Afrikanische Studien
City of publisher:Berlin
Publisher:Lit Verlag
ISBN:3643111878; 9783643111876
Geographic term:Africa
Abstract:The common denominator in this volume is the concept of power: with the analytical differentiation between power-over (mainstream political science concept) and power as a social practice (postmodern, poststructural). The Introduction: the predicament of the concept of power in Africa is by H. Horáková. Section 1, Power as Political Domination, consists of: States and social contracts in Africa: time, space and the art of the possible (Paul Nugent); Meles and the rest: continuation of the power strategy in Ethiopia (Jan Záhorík); Power and powerlessness in Somalia: Ethiopian involvement and the Transitional Federal Government (Katerina Rudincová); From powerlessness to power and back: national political liturgies during the Sékou Touré regime in Guinea (Ruth Mauri); and Congolese women's power and powerlessness in the political landscape (Democratic Republic of Congo) (Albert Kasanda). Section 2, Power as Discourse and Social Practice, is composed of: Philosophy of the powerless: the singer, the sage, and philosophy in Africa (looks at Sando Marteau/Jean Papy Kabange Numbi, a performing artist based in Lubumbashi, DRC, and Góor gi Usmaan Géy, a sage from Senegal) (Alena Rettová); The power behind representations: the World Bank and African poverty reduction from 1970-2000 (Vanessa Wijngaarden); English power dynamics in contemporary South Africa (Stephanie Rudwick); and The social construction of charismatic authority of prophets from a Mutumwa Church in Lusaka (Zambia) (Katerina Mildnerová). Finally there is: In place of conclusion: the power of the powerless in Africa (Peter Skalník). [ASC Leiden abstract]