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Description - Africa by Patrick Chabal

The 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 Details

ISBN: 9781842779095
ISBN-10: 1842779095
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patrick Chabal

Patrick Chabal is Professor at King's College London. He trained in political science at Harvard, Columbia and Cambridge universities. He has taught and researched in Africa, the USA and Europe. He writes broadly on the history, politics and culture of African countries and, more generally, on political theory. His publications include Cultures Troubles: Politics and the Interpretation of Meaning (2006) with J.P. Daloz; Africa Works: Disorder as a Political Instrument (1999) with J.P. Daloz; Power in Africa (1992 and 1994) and Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War (1982 and 2003).

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