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Title:Special issue: fate and fortune in Africa
Editors:Gaibazzi, PaoloISNI
Gardini, Marco
Year:2015
Periodical:Critical African studies (ISSN 2040-7211)
Volume:7
Issue:3
Pages:203-298
Language:English
City:London
Publisher:Informaworld Host
Geographic terms:Africa
Gambia
Namibia
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Togo
Subjects:popular beliefs
professional ethics
prostitution
diamond mining
Pentecostalism
entrepreneurs
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcaf20/7/3
Abstract:This special issue explores notions of fate and fortune as they inflect and are inflected by work as a practice and as a way of being in contemporary Africa. In so doing, it aims to shed new light on the cultural and moral terms in which economic realities are apprehended, organized and transformed across the continent at a time in which modes of value creation and accumulation are rapidly changing. Five case studies from Western and Southern Africa feature in this collection, covering a range of situations and activities in which fate and fortune are variously invoked in the making of livelihoods, the appropriation and distribution of valuables and/or the endorsement of specific economic predicaments. Contributions: Where does fortune come from? Agrarian work ethics and luck in Togo (Marco Gardini); The quest for luck: fate, fortune, work and the unexpected among Gambian Soninke hustlers (Paolo Gaibazzi); 'Diamond mining is a chain': luck, blessing, and gambling in Sierra Leone's artisanal mines (Lorenzo D'Angelo); Prosperity and the work of luck in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, South Africa (Ilana van Wyk); 'Taramo, where winning is easy': the making of the entrepreneurial self in Namibia's fortunational capitalism (Mattia Fumanti). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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