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Critical Terms for the Study of Africa

edited by Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier
Format
Book
Published
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9780226548838, 022654883X, 9780226548975, 022654897X, 9780226549026, 022654902X
Summary
For far too long, the Western world viewed Africa as unmappable terrain - a repository for outsiders' wildest imaginings. This problematic notion has had lingering effects not only on popular impressions of the region but also on the development of the academic study of Africa. Critical Terms for the Study of Africa considers the legacies that have shaped our understanding of the continent and its place within the conceptual grammar of contemporary world affairs. Written by a distinguished group of scholars, the essays compiled in this volume take stock of African studies today and look toward a future beyond its fraught intellectual and political past. Each essay discusses one of our most critical terms for talking about Africa, exploring the trajectory of its development while pushing its boundaries. Editors Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier balance the choice of twenty-five terms between the expected and the unexpected, calling for nothing short of a new mapping of the scholarly field. The result is an essential reference that will challenge assumptions, stimulate lively debate, and make the past, present, and future of African Studies accessible to students and teachers alike.
Contents
  • Introduction / Adeline Masquelier and Gaurav Desai
  • Africa/African / Jemima Pierre
  • Belonging / Peter Geschiere
  • Bondage / Gwyn Campbell
  • Citizenship / Francis B. Nyamnjoh
  • Colonialism / John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff
  • Design / Suzanne Preston Blier
  • Environment / Maano Ramutsindela
  • Evidence / Luise White
  • Gender and sexuality / Marc Epprecht
  • Governance / Brenda Chalfin and Omolade Adunbi
  • Health / Susan Reynolds Whyte
  • Humanitarianism / Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf
  • Labor / Jane Guyer
  • Liberation / Elisabeth McMahon
  • Mobility / Patrick Manning
  • Modernity / Simon Gikandi
  • Narrative / Stephanie Newell
  • Performance / Tsitsi Jaji
  • Population / Deborah Durham
  • Spirit / Matthew Engelke
  • Theory / Joseph Slaughter and Jennifer Wenzel
  • Value / Leonard Wantchekon and Paul-Aarons Ngomo
  • Vernacular / Derek R. Peterson
  • Violence / Kamari M. Clarke
  • Witchcraft / Adam Ashforth.
Description
pages ; cm
Notes
Includes index.
Technical Details
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