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Democracy in translation : understanding politics in an unfamiliar culture

Author: Frederic Charles Schaffer
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1998.
Series: Wilder House series in politics, history, and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Frederic C. Schaffer challenges the assumption often made by American scholars that democracy has been achieved in foreign countries when criteria such as free elections are met. Elections, he argues, often have cultural underpinnings that are invisible to outsiders. To examine grass-roots understandings of democratic institutions and political concepts, Schaffer conducted fieldwork in Senegal, a mostly Islamic and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frederic Charles Schaffer
ISBN: 0801433983 9780801433986
OCLC Number: 37982080
Description: xvii, 168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: A Note on Wolof Orthography --
1. The Definition and Study of Democracy --
2. From Democratic to Demokaraasi --
3. Demokaraasi: The Mother of Twins --
4. Demokaraasi and Voting Behavior --
5. Democracy and Demokaraasi in Senegal --
6. How Distinctive Is Demokaraasi?
Series Title: Wilder House series in politics, history, and culture.
Responsibility: Frederic C. Schaffer.

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"Frederic C. Schaffer challenges the assumption often made by American scholars that democracy has been achieved in foreign countries when criteria such as free elections are met. Elections, he argues, often have cultural underpinnings that are invisible to outsiders. To examine grass-roots understandings of democratic institutions and political concepts, Schaffer conducted fieldwork in Senegal, a mostly Islamic and agrarian country with a long history of electoral politics. Schaffer discovered that ideas of demokaraasi held by Wolof-speakers often reflect concerns about collective security. Many Senegalese see voting as a matter less of choosing leaders than of reinforcing community ties that may be called upon in times of crisis."--Jacket.

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