Africa Works

Africa Works

Disorder as Political Instrument

Patrick Chabal, Jean-Pascal Daloz

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James Currey

Overview

Overview

An examination of the political instrumentalization of disorder.
Are there social, political and cultural factors in Africa which aspire to the continuation of patrimony and conspire against economic development?

In association with the International African Institute
North America: Indiana U Press

Details

September 1999
192 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
African Issues
ISBN: 9780852558140
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BIC JPA, 1H, 2AB, 3J
BISAC LCO001000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Question of Analysis
I THE INFORMALIZATION OF POLITICS - W(h)ither the State?
The Illusions of Civil Society
Recycled Elites
II THE 'RE-TRADITIONALIZATION' OF SOCIETY Of Masks & Men: the Question of Identity
The Taming of the Irrational: Witchcraft & Religion
Crime & Enrichment: the Profits of Violence
III THE PRODUCTIVITY OF ECONOMIC 'FAILURE' The Ab(use) of Corruption
The Bounties of Dependence
The (In)significance of Development
IV A NEW PARADIGM The Political Instrumentalization of Disorder

Reviews

... provocative new book... - Martin Woollacott in THE GUARDIAN
...for those interested in international affairs, but lacking detailed knowledge of Africa, if you read only one book about Africa this year it should be this one. Two distinguished scholars of Africa have written a short, lucid and astringent corrective to the lazy complacency of much conventional wisdom about the plight of the continent. Indeed, if all the litany of disaster is true, it is astonishing that anything works in Africa at all. And yet it does. - Gwyn Prins in INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
...Despite its iconoclastic tenor, however, the book's value is paradoxically as a good summary of the present orthodoxy in the study of African politics - Jan Kees Van Donge in COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS

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