The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa

Beyond the Margins

Multi-disciplinary examination of the role of ordinary African people as agents in the generation and distribution of well-being in modern Africa.
Date Published :
January 2020
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Editor :
Wale Adebanwi
Illustration :
15 black and white, 6 line drawing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781847012449
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Available
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Overview
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What are the fundamental issues, processes, agency and dynamics that shape the political economy of life in modern Africa? In this book, the contributors - experts in anthropology, history, political science, economics, conflict and peace studies, philosophy and language - examine the opportunities and constraints placed on living, livelihoods and sustainable life on the continent. Reflecting on why and how the political economy of life approach is essential for understanding the social process in modern Africa, they engage with the intellectual oeuvre of the influential Africanist economic anthropologist Jane Guyer, who provides an Afterword. The contributors analyse the political economy of everyday life as it relates to money and currency; migrant labour forces and informal and formal economies; dispossession of land; debt and indebtedness; socio-economic marginality; and the entrenchment of colonial and apartheid pasts.

Wale Adebanwi is the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the University of Oxford. He is author of Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning (University of Rochester Press).

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword - James Ferguson
Approaching the Political Economy of Everyday Life: An Introduction - Wale Adebanwi
PART I - MONEY MATTERS: CURRENCY AND FISCAL LIFE STRUGGLES
Cattle, Currencies and the Politics of Commensuration on a Colonial Frontier - John and Jean Comaroff
Currency and Conflict in Colonial Nigeria - David Pratten
Coercion or Trade? Multiple Self-realization during the Rubber Boom in German Kamerun (1899-1913) - Peter L Geschiere and Tristan Oestermann
The Macroeconomics of Marginal Gains: Africa's Lessons to Social Theorists - Celestin Monga
PART II - LABOUR, SOCIAL LIVES AND PRECARITY
From Enslavement to Precarity? The Labour Question in African History - Frederick Cooper
Navigating Formality in a Migrant Labour Force - Maxim Bolt
PART III - MARGINALITY, DISAFFECTION AND BIO-ECONOMIC DISTRESS
Precarious Life: Violence and Poverty Under Boko Haram and MEND - Michael J. Watts
The Debt Imperium: Relations of Owing after Apartheid - Anne-Maria Makhulu
Marginal Men and Social Conflicts in Nigeria: Okada Riders in Lagos - Gbemisola Animasawun
Sopona, Social Relations and the Political Economy of Colonial Smallpox Control in Ekiti, Nigeria - Elisha P. Renne
PART IV - HISTORY, TEMPORALITY, AGENCY AND DEMOCRATIC LIFE
History as Value Added? Valuing the Past in Africa - Sara S. Berry
Cultural Mediation, Colonialism and Politics: Colonial "Truchement", Postcolonial Translator - Souleymane Bachir Diagne
"Kos'ona Miran?" Patronage, Prebendalism and Democratic Life in Contemporary Nigeria - Adigun Agbaje
AFTERWORD: The Landscapes Beyond the Margins: Agency, Optimization and the Power of the Empirical - Jane Guyer

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