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Regimes of Responsibility in Africa: Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts

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Regimes of Responsibility in Africa

Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts

Edited by Benjamin Rubbers and Alessandro Jedlowski

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256 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-359-2 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2019)

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How have African moral worlds changed since the 1990s? Regimes of Responsibility in Africa analyses the transformations that discourses and practices of responsibility have undergone in Africa. By doing so, this collection of essays offers insight that develops a stronger grasp on the interaction between moral practices and discourses, and specific political, economic and social transformations taking place today in Africa. At the same time, while focusing on case studies from the African continent, the work enters into a dialogue with the emerging corpus of studies in the field of ethics, providing to it a set of analytical perspectives that can help further enlarge its theoretical and geographical scope.

Benjamin Rubbers obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is now full professor in social anthropology at the University of Liège, Belgium. He is also the author of three monographs and more than twenty journal articles and book chapters on the Congolese copperbelt, where he does frequent fieldtrips since 1999.

Alessandro Jedlowski is post-doctoral fellow in anthropology of media at the Free University of Brussels Belgium. His has been conducting fieldwork on sub-Saharan African media industries and South-South cultural interactions since 2009. He is the author of several essays and book chapters on these topics, and is the co-editor of Mobility between Africa, Asia and Latin America: Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions (Zed Books, 2017) and Cine-Ethiopia: The History and Politics of Film in the Horn of Africa (Michigan State University Press, 2018).

Subject: Political Economy General Anthropology
Area: Africa


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Introduction: Regimes of Responsibility in Africa: Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts
Benjamin Rubbers and Alessandro Jedlowski

Chapter 1. Historical Regimes of Responsibility in ‘The Politics of the Belly’
Jean-François Bayart

Chapter 2. The Use(fulness) of Discourses of 'Responsibility' on the DRC's ‘Sovereign Frontier’
Stylianos Moshonas

Chapter 3. High Officials’ Responsibility and State Accountability in the Age of Neoliberal Discharge: Views from Mozambique
Rozenn Nakanabo Diallo

Chapter 4. Reproduction, Responsibility and Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire
Armando Cutolo and Giulia Almagioni

Chapter 5. Human Care or Human Capital: Corporate Responsibility and HIV Management at South Africa’s Mines
Dinah Rajak

Chapter 6. For What Are Persons With Disabilities Responsible? The Study of Public, Social and Family Responsibilities in the Context of Locomotor Disability (Cape Flats, South Africa)
Marie Schnitzler

Chapter 7. Diverting Makila Mabe: Understanding Responsibility in Kinshasa’s Pentecostal Worlds
Katrien Pype

Chapter 8. The (Ir)Responsible Witch: Ambiguities among the Maka of Southeast Cameroon
Peter Geschiere

Chapter 9. The ‘Return of Culture’: Spiritual Threats, Asylum Policies and the Responsibility of Anthropological Knowledge
Roberto Beneduce


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