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Title:Saints and politicians: essays in the organisation of a Senegalese peasant society
Author:O'Brien, Donal B. CruiseISNI
Year:1975
ISSN:0065-406X
Issue:15
Pages:213
Language:English
Series:African studies series
City:London
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:0521205727
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
Wolof
political elite
politics
Sufism
Abstract:This book focuses on African political leadership in Senegal from the French conquest to the present time. African leaders and communities adjusted to new and unfamiliar deamands b7 a complex pattern of cultural and strructural interaction. This theme is elaborated in the following essays: (1) 'Warlord, saint and knight' is a study of 3 outstanding Wolof personalities at the time of the French conquest, viewed against the background of crisis in Wolof society at that time; (2) 'Chief, saints and bureaucrats' shows the pattern of leadership types under colonial rule; (3) 'Land, cash and charisma' deals with authority within a religious community; (4) 'Bureaucrats and co-operators' analyses the peanut marketing network which the French imposed, and which has changed the face of Wolof society, as it has worked both before and after Senegalese independence in 1960; (5) 'Clans, clienteles and communities' shows the emergence of the leadership of the modern Senegalese state and deals with electoral or party politics.
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