Hard work, hard times: global volatility and African subjectivities

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 Cte 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]

Title: Hard work, hard times: global volatility and African subjectivities
Editors: Makhulu, Anne-Maria
Buggenhagen, Beth Anne
Jackson, Stephen
Year: 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English
City of publisher: Berkeley, CA
Publisher: University of California Press
ISBN: 0520098749; 9780520098749
Geographic terms: Africa
Ivory Coast – Cte d’Ivoire
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Ghana
Mali
Senegal
South Africa
Togo
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 Cte 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]