Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling

Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling

Author: 
Chabal, Patrick
Publisher: 
Zed Books
Phys descriptions: 
208p.
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Region: 
ISBN: 
978-1842779095
Bar code: 
1038821
Call No: 
32(6) CHA
Abstract: 

In this book, Patrick Chabal discusses the limitations of existing political theories of Africa and proposes a different starting point; arguing that political thinking ought to be driven by the need to address the immediacy of everyday life and death. How do people define who they are? Where do they belong? What do they believe? How do they struggle to survive and improve their lives? What is the impact of illness and poverty? In doing so, Chabal proposes a radically different way of looking at politics in Africa and illuminates the ways ordinary people "suffer and smile." This is a highly original addition to Zed's groundbreaking Global Political Theories series.

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Series: 
World Political Theories
Date created: 
Friday, November 9, 2018