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African futures : essays on crisis, emergence, and possibility

Author: Brian Goldstone; Juan Obarrio; American Anthropological Association. Annual Meeting
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Civil wars, corporate exploitation, AIDS, and Ebola but also democracy, burgeoning cities, and unprecedented communication and mobility: the future of Africa has never been more uncertain. Indeed, that future is one of the most complex issues in contemporary anthropology, as evidenced by the incredible wealth of ideas offered in this landmark volume. A consortium comprised of some of the most important scholars of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Goldstone; Juan Obarrio; American Anthropological Association. Annual Meeting
ISBN: 9780226402246 022640224X 9780226402383 022640238X
OCLC Number: 944087638
Notes: Most contributions derive from an invited session on "African Futures in Crisis", held at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans in 2010.
Description: 267 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: untimely Africa? / Brian Goldstone and Juan Obarrio --
Rethinking crisis. Africa otherwise / Janet Roitman --
The form of crisis and the affect of modernization / Brian Larkin --
The productivity of crisis: aid, time, and medicine in Mozambique / Ramah McKay --
Emergent economies. Money in the future of Africans / Jane I. Guyer --
Forensics of capital / Michael Ralph --
Brokering revolution: imagining future war on the West African borderlands / Danny Hoffman --
Hedging the future / Charles Piot --
Entangled postcolonial futures: Malagasy marriage migrants and provincial Frenchmen / Jennifer Cole --
Urban spaces and local futures. Rough towns: mobilizing uncertainty in Kinshasa / AbdouMaliq Simone --
Local futures, the future of the local: urban living in a Central African metropolis / Filip De Boeck --
Changing mobilities, shifting futures / Peter Geschiere and Antoine Socpa --
Time and again: locality as future anterior in Mozambique / Juan Obarrio --
Possibilities. Getting ahead when we're behind: time, potential, and value in urban Tanzania / Brad Weiss --
Africa in theory / Achille Mbembe.
Responsibility: edited by Brian Goldstone and Juan Obarrio.

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Civil wars, corporate exploitation, AIDS, and Ebola but also democracy, burgeoning cities, and unprecedented communication and mobility: the future of Africa has never been more uncertain. Indeed, that future is one of the most complex issues in contemporary anthropology, as evidenced by the incredible wealth of ideas offered in this landmark volume. A consortium comprised of some of the most important scholars of Africa today, this book surveys an intellectual landscape of opposed perspectives in order to think within the contradictions that characterize this central question: Where is Africa headed? The experts in this book address Africa's future as it is embedded within various social and cultural forms emerging on the continent today: the reconfiguration of the urban, the efflorescence of signs and wonders and gospels of prosperity, the assorted techniques of legality and illegality, lotteries and Ponzi schemes, apocalyptic visions, a yearning for exile, and many other phenomena. Bringing together social, political, religious, and economic viewpoints, the book reveals not one but multiple prospects for the future of Africa. In doing so, it offers a pathbreaking model of pluralistic and open-ended thinking and a powerful tool for addressing the vexing uncertainties that underlie so many futures around the world.

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