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Description - Negotiating Modernity by Elisio Salvado Macamo

Africa has been through a particularly ambivalent experience of modernity. Previous research has tended to emphasize its alien nature in Africa and how it has been resisted. This book seeks to show how this tension and the impulse to modernity have contributed to changing African society over the past one hundred years. The contributors look at how Africans negotiated the terms of modernity during the colonial period and are dealing with it in the post-colonial period. They argue that the African experience of modernity is unique and relevant for wider social theory, offering valuable analytical insights. The cases presented cover labour, land rights, religious conversion, internal migration, emigration and the African diaspora.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842776179
ISBN-10: 1842776177
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elisio Salvado Macamo

Elisio Macamo is lecturer in development sociology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He was born and grew up in Mozambique. He has previously published in Portuguese and German. The titles in the series are co-published with CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, to encourage African scholarship relevant to Africa today.