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Title:Manoeuvring in an environment of uncertainty: structural change and social action in sub-Saharan Africa
Editors:Berner, BoelISNI
Trulsson, PerISNI
Series:The Making of Modern Africa
City of publisher:Aldershot
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
social change
political change
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Abstract:Recent years have seen wide-ranging economic and political change in sub-Saharan Africa. In an unprecedented way, individuals and collectivities today live in an 'environment of uncertainty' where patterns of rules and resources previously taken for granted no longer apply. This uncertainty applies to both economic resources (income opportunities, land and capital) and to political goods (power, connections and influence). This book focuses on these radical social uncertainties and how actors perceive and cope with them in their everyday lives. It also suggests ways to conceptualize both the actions and the environment of uncertainty. The book originates in a 1998 workshop in Vadstena, Sweden, on 'Manoeuvring in an environment of uncertainty', organized by the Department of Technolgy and Social Change, Linköping University. Contributions: Boel Berner and Per Trulsson: Structural change and social action in sub-Saharan Africa: an introduction. Goran Hyden: Uncertainty in Africa: shifting paradigms and levels of analysis. Anders Närman: The African Nation State: an elusive challenge. Antoine Scopa: Ethnicity and politics in Cameroon: a new kind of uncertainty in the 1990s. Amanda Hammar: Naming and claiming: land-authorising strategies in post-independence Zimbabwe. Per Trulsson: Entrepreneurs as path-finders in processes of social change. Said Adejumobi: Knowledge for sale? the politics of university education reform in Africa, with a Nigerian example. Tanya Elder: The way of the bricoleur. Mette Bovin: Pastoralists manoeuvring in the drought-ridden Sahel. Achille Mbembe: Everything can be negotiated: ambiguities and challenges in a time of uncertainty. Boel Berner: Manoeuvring in uncertainty: on agency, strategies and negotiations.