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Critical Terms for the Study of Africa

Edited by Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier

Critical Terms for the Study of Africa

Edited by Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier

432 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226548975 Will Publish October 2018
Cloth $97.50 ISBN: 9780226548838 Will Publish October 2018
E-book $32.50 ISBN: 9780226549026 Will Publish October 2018
For far too long, the Western world viewed Africa as a seemingly unmappable region and a repository for outsiders’ wildest imaginings. This problematic notion has had lingering effects not only on popular impressions of the region but also on the development of the academic study of Africa. Critical Terms for the Study of Africa considers the legacies that have shaped our understanding of the continent and its place within the conceptual grammar of contemporary world affairs.
 
Written by a distinguished group of scholars, the essays compiled in this volume take stock of African studies today and look toward a future beyond its fraught intellectual and political past. Each essay discusses one of our most critical terms for talking about Africa, exploring the trajectory of its development while pushing its boundaries. Editors Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier balance the choice of twenty-five terms between the expected and the unexpected, calling for nothing short of a new mapping of the scholarly terrain. The result is an essential reference that will challenge assumptions, stimulate lively debate, and make the past, present, and future of African Studies accessible to students and teachers alike.
 
Contents
Introduction / Adeline Masquelier and Gaurav Desai

1. Africa/African / Jemima Pierre
2. Belonging / Peter Geschiere
3. Bondage / Gwyn Campbell
4. Citizenship / Francis B. Nyamnjoh
5. Colonialism / John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff
6. Design / Suzanne Preston Blier
7. Environment / Maano Ramutsindela
8. Evidence / Luise White
9. Gender and Sexuality / Marc Epprecht
10. Governance / Brenda Chalfin and Omolade Adunbi
11. Health / Susan Reynolds Whyte
12. Humanitarianism / Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf
13. Labor / Jane Guyer
14. Liberation / Elisabeth McMahon
15. Mobility / Patrick Manning
16. Modernity / Simon Gikandi
17. Narrative / Stephanie Newell
18. Performance / Tsitsi Jaji
19. Population / Deborah Durham
20. Spirit / Matthew Engelke
21. Theory / Joseph Slaughter and Jennifer Wenzel
22. Value / Leonard Wantchekon and Paul-Aarons Ngomo
23. Vernacular / Derek R. Peterson
24. Violence / Kamari M. Clarke
25. Witchcraft / Adam Ashforth

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
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