Power and Performance in Asia and Africa
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Staging Politics by Julia C. Strauss
Book DescriptionThis fresh and original study analyses how power presents itself in dramatic performance in these two increasingly economically and politically important continents. Emotion and politics play a hugely important role in the politics of Asia and Africa but, as this book sets out, too much of western political research into the subject concentrates on apparent deficiencies - on the weakness of institutions, defects in the bureaucracy or markets, poor management of elections, absent judicial autonomy. Viewing political performance through Western eyes in this way - where politics is primarily about the naked pursuit of power and interests - can lead to a misunderstanding of how politics actually works in Africa and Asia, where process plays a far more important role. Thus performance, drama and emotion are far more integral to political outcome there than in the West. By concentrating on this new perspective the authors, each a recognised specialist in one or more states in Asia and Africa, avoid this trap and offer a coherent picture of the impact political performance has on the culture and politics of these societies and how they function.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845113674
(234mm x 156mm x 28mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julia C. Strauss
From the Great Wall to the New World: Volume 11, Paperback (May 2012)
This volume considers the role of Latin America within China, as well as China's impact on Latin America.
Gender in Flux, Paperback (June 2011)
Based on recent research and insights from political activism, the volume explores changing manifestations and articulations of gender in China.
China and Africa, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Julia C. Strauss
This new topic of China's involvement in Africa is tackled by leading contributors whose articles are based on primary research.
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Author Biography - Julia C. Strauss
Donal B. Cruise O'Brien is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies (Africa) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Julia C. Strauss is Editor of The China Quarterly and Senior Lecturer in Political Studies (China) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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