Africa: the politics of suffering and smiling

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Zed, 2009 - History - 212 pages
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In this book, Patrick Chabal  discusses the limitations of existing political theories of Africa and proposes a different starting point; arguing that political thinking ought to be driven by the need to address the immediacy of everyday life and death.  How do people define who they are?  Where do they belong?  What do they believe?  How do they struggle to survive and improve their lives?  What is the impact of illness and poverty?  In doing so, Chabal proposes a radically different way of looking at politics in Africa and illuminates the ways ordinary people "suffer and smile." This is a highly original addition to Zed's groundbreaking Global Political Theories series.

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Contents

THE QUESTION OF AGENCY
7
THE INTERPRETATION OF POSTCOLONIAL POLITICS
16
The politics of being
24
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About the author (2009)

PATRICK CHABAL is a Professor of African Studies at King's College London.

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