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Title:Hard work, hard times: global volatility and African subjectivities
Editors:Makhulu, Anne-MariaISNI
Buggenhagen, Beth AnneISNI
Jackson, StephenISNI
City of publisher:Berkeley, CA
Publisher:University of California Press
ISBN:0520098749; 9780520098749
Geographic terms:Africa
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
South Africa
Subjects:social conditions
popular culture
State-society relationship
conference papers (form)
Abstract:Leading ethnographers have written essays theorizing about how African people deal with crisis in their everyday lives under volatile conditions. The papers were first presented at the conference 'After Afro-pessimism: Fashioning African Futures', held at Princeton University in April 2005. The Foreword, 'In Praise of Afro-Optimism: toward a Poetics of Survival' is by Simon Gikandi. The Introduction is by Anne-Marie Makhulu, Beth A. Buggenhagen, and Stephen Jackson. The essays are The search for economic sovereignty by Anne-Marie Makhulu, analysing the current economic situation in South Africa; 'It seems to be going': the genius of survival in wartime DR Congo by Stephen Jackson, looking at the adjustments of the people in Kivu province; This is play: popular culture and politics in Côte d'Ivoire by Mike McGovern presenting Ivorian popular music as an antidote to chaos; Self-sovereignty and creativity in Ghanaian popular culture by Jesse Weaver Shipley, investigating the role of hiplife in contemporary Ghana; 'May God let me share Paradise with my fellow-believers': Islam's 'female face' and the politics of religious devotion in Mali by Dorothea E. Schulz; 'Killer bargains': global networks of Senegalese Muslims and the policing of unofficial economies in the war on terror by Beth A. Buggenhagen, describing how people from Senegal survive in the diaspora; and Border practices by Charles Piot examining why people in Togo are rushing to sign up for an American green card. [ASC Leiden abstract]