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The politics of custom : chiefship, capital, and the state in contemporary Africa

Author: John L Comaroff; Jean Comaroff
Publisher: [Chicago, IL] : University of Chicago Press, 2018.
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How are we to explain the so-called "resurgence" of chiefs - or, more accurately, of indigenous sovereigns - in contemporary Africa, figures who were supposed to disappear with modernity, but are a rising, vocal force in many places across the continent today? What are we to make of the increasingly assertive politics of custom, also long said to be losing its aura under the impact of Universal History? What might  Read more...
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Comaroff, John L.
Politics of Custom : Chiefship, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John L Comaroff; Jean Comaroff
ISBN: 9780226511092 022651109X
OCLC Number: 1027171632
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 361 pages)
Contents: Chiefs, Capital, and the State in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction --
African Chiefs and the Post-Cold War Moment: Millennial Capitalism and the Struggle over Moral Authority --
Chieftaincy, Land, and the State in Ghana and South Africa --
The Salience of Chiefs in Postapartheid South Africa: Reflections on the Nhlapo Commission --
The Politics of States and Chiefs in Zimbabwe --
Paramount Chiefs, Land, and Local-National Politics in Sierra Leone --
Republic of Kings: Neotraditionalism, Aristocratic Ethos, and Authoritarianism in Burkina Faso --
Corporate Kings and South Africa's Traditional- Industrial Complex --
The Currency of Chieftaincy: Corporate Branding and the Commodification of Political Authority in Ghana --
Fallen Chiefs and Sacrificial Mining in Ghana --
Colonizing Banro: Kingship, Temporality, and Mining of Futures in the Goldfields of South Kivu, DRC --
Third Contact: Invisibility and Recognition of the Customary in Northern Mozambique; Acknowledgments; Contributors; Index.
Responsibility: John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff.

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