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Ethnographies of uncertainty in Africa

Author: Elizabeth Cooper; David Pratten
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ©2015
Series: Anthropology, change and development.
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"This collection explores the productive potential of uncertainty for people living in Africa as well as for scholars of Africa. The relevance of the focus on uncertainty in Africa is not only that contemporary life is objectively risky and unpredictable (since it is so everywhere and in every period), but that uncertainty has become a dominant trope in the subjective experience of life in contemporary African  Read more...
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Ethnographies of uncertainty in Africa.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
(DLC) 2014028136
(OCoLC)897174706
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Cooper; David Pratten
ISBN: 9781137350831 1137350830
OCLC Number: 894480251
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 198 pages).
Contents: 1. Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa : An Introduction / Elizabeth Cooper and David Pratten --
PART I. SOCIAL CONTINGENCIES : BETWEEN SUSPICION AND THE SUBJUNCTIVE --
2. Contingency : Interpersonal and Historical Dependencies in HIV Care / Susan Reynolds Whyte and Godfrey Etyang Siu --
3. Charity and Chance : The Manufacture of Uncertainty and Mistrust Through Child Sponsorship in Kenya / Elizabeth Cooper --
4. The Quest for Trust in the Face of Uncertainty : Managing Pregnancy Outcomes in Zanzibar / Nadine Beckmann --
5. Food Security, Conjugal Conflict, and Uncertainty in "Bangladesh," Mombasa, Kenya / Adam Gilbertson --
PART II. FUTURE VISIONS --
6. Social Invisibility and Political Opacity : On Perceptiveness and Apprehension in Bissau / Henrik Vigh --
7. Rhythms of Uncertainty and the Pleasures of Anticipation / Julie Soleil Archambault --
8. Embracing Uncertainty : Young People on the Move in Addis Ababa's Inner City / Marco Di Nunzio --
9. "We Wait for Miracles" : Ideas of Hope and Future Among Clandestine Burundian Refugees in Nairobi / Simon Turner.
Series Title: Anthropology, change and development.
Responsibility: edited by Elizabeth Cooper (assistant professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada), David Pratten (associate professor, Oxford University, UK).
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This collection explores the productive potential of uncertainty for people living in Africa as well as for scholars of Africa. Eight ethnographic case studies from across the continent examine how  Read more...

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