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Title:Agency and changing world views in Africa
Editors:Neubert, DieterISNI
Scherer, Christine
Series:Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung
City of publisher:Berlin
ISBN:3643902360; 9783643902368
Geographic term:Africa
social conditions
civil society
world view
Abstract:Current debates on the transnational impact of world views (interpretive frameworks) often refer to the concepts of 'globalization' or 'travelling models,' with an emphasis on domination or on a process of translation. This volume highlights situations where different world views are confronted with each other within Africa, and the question of how the actors mediate between the two. The conceptual chapters foster a critical view on the normative implications of agency itself, as well as how they reflect on the claim of interpretive hegemonony of human rights, concepts of law, democracy, or neoliberalism. In addition, the book examines the confrontation of world views in particular cases. Essays examine distinct empirical grounds, such as law (e.g. Islamic law, children's rights, law and development, political ideology), and analyze the role of transcendental powers. Contributors: Dieter Neubert and Christine Scherer (Introduction); Elísio Macomo and Dieter Neubert; Patrick Chabal; Dieter Goetze; Walter E.A. van Beek (on agency and evil among the Kapsiki of North Cameroon); Hauke Dorsch (on Mozambican students in Cuba and their reintegration at home); Norbert Oberauer (on Islamic religious endowments (waqf) in colonial Zanzibar); Signe Howell (on global governmentality and transnational adoption); Harald Sippel and Ulrike Wanitzek. [ASC Leiden abstract]