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Title:Special issue: up the Africanist: the possibilities and problems of 'studying up' in Africa
Editors:Warne Peters, Rebecca
Wendland, ClaireISNI
Periodical:Critical African studies (ISSN 2040-7211)
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Informaworld Host
Geographic terms:Africa
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Subjects:social stratification
social relations
health personnel
health care
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcaf20/8/3?nav=tocList
Abstract:This special issue collects work on power in 21st-century Africa. Two themes in particular emerge in the articles gathered here. First, the collection raises methodological and theoretical questions inherent to any project of studying up. Second, this collection of recent projects shows the importance of understanding emic perspectives on power and influence. In examining the sociality of African professionals in medicine, government, scientific research, and beyond, contributors find that studying up in Africa requires attention not only to those forms and experiences of power recognizable to western audiences but to locally meaningful hierarchies that may be less immediately familiar.Contributions: Up the Africanist: the possibilities and problems of 'studying up' in Africa (Rebecca Warne Peters & Claire Wendland); Studying up after studying down: dilemmas of research on South African conservation professionals (Derick Fay); African expatriates and race in the anthropology of humanitarianism (Adia Benton); The view from the middle: lively relations of care, class, and medical labour in Maputo (Ramah McKay); Studying up in critical NGO studies today: reflections on critique and the distribution of interpretive labour (Crystal Biruk); The problem with the truth: political alliances, science, and storytelling in Nairobi (Denielle Elliott); Humanitarian morals and money: health sector financing and the prelude to the Liberian Ebola epidemic (Sharon Alane Abramowitz); Experts' tools, altruists, and job-seekers: visions of community health workers in Ethiopia's antiretroviral centre of excellence (Kenneth Maes). Regular paper supplement: The promise and reality of decentralization: a critical appraisal of Sierra Leones primary health care system (Felix Marco Conteh).' [ASC Leiden abstract]