The Politics of Suffering and Smiling
By (author) Patrick Chabal
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Africa by Patrick Chabal
Book DescriptionThe question usually asked about Africa is: 'why is it going wrong?' Is the continent still suffering from the ravages of colonialism? Or is it the victim of postcolonial economic exploitation, poor governance and lack of aid? Whatever the answer, increasingly the result is poverty and violence. In Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling Patrick Chabal approaches this question differently by reconsidering the role of theory in African politics. 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 World Political Theories series.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842779095
(216mm x 138mm x 138mm)
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patrick Chabal
Guinea-Bissau, Paperback (June 2016)
Edited collection on volatile African state Guinea-Bissau
End of Conceit, Paperback (August 2012)
In this radical new book, Patrick Chabal reveals how the future of the West is now inextricably linked to that of the 'non-West'.
Power in Africa, Paperback (December 1993)
Casting a fresh look at contemporary Black African politics, this book argues that the understanding of African has all too often been hampered by the limitations of the concepts and approaches used. In this challenging and stimulating book, Chabal interprets Africa's current social and political predicament. Lightning Print On Demand Title
Political Domination in Africa:Reflections on the Limits of Power, Paperback (October 1986)» View all books by Patrick Chabal
The book addresses a wide audience: students of African history and politics, of Third World development and of political theory.
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Author Biography - Patrick Chabal
Patrick Chabal was Professor at King's College London. He taught and researched in Africa, the USA and Europe. His publications include Cultures Troubles: Politics and the Interpretation of Meaning (2006); Africa Works: Disorder as a Political Instrument (1999); Power in Africa (1992 and 1994) and Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War (2003).
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