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The modernity bluff : crime, consumption, and citizenship in Côte d'Ivoire

Author: Sasha Newell
Publisher: Chicago : London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Cote d'Ivoire, appearing modern is so important for success that many young men deplete their already meager resources to project an illusion of wealth. The author argues that they engage a global  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sasha Newell
ISBN: 9780226575193 0226575195 9780226575209 0226575209
OCLC Number: 756577788
Description: xi, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Enregistering modernity, bluffing criminality : how Nouchi speech reinvented the nation --
Bizness and "blood brothers" : the moral economy of crime --
Faire le show : masculinity and the performative success of waste --
Fashioning alterity : masking, metonymy, and otherworld origins --
Paris is hard like a rock : migration and the spatial hierarchy of global relations --
Counterfeit belongings : branding the Ivoirian political crisis --
Conclusion : modernity as bluff.
Responsibility: Sasha Newell.

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"The Modernity Bluff takes its place comfortably with the best writing on African youth, cities, and popular culture - Cole, De Boeck, Mbembe, Nyamanjoh, Simone, Weiss, White - and gives an utterly Read more...

 
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