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Negotiating Modernity: Africa’s Ambivalent Experience

Negotiating Modernity: Africa’s Ambivalent Experience. Elísio Salvado Macamo. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2005, 256 p., ISBN: 2-86978-147-4

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Africa has been through a particularly ambivalent experience of modernity. Previous research has tended to emphasize its alien nature in Africa and how it has been resisted. This book seeks to show how this tension and the impulse to modernity have contributed to changing African society over the past one hundred years. The contributors look at how Africans negotiated the terms of modernity during the colonial period and are dealing with it in the post-colonial period. They argue that the African experience of modernity is unique and relevant for wider social theory, offering valuable analytical insights. The cases presented cover labour, land rights, religious conversion, internal migration, emigration and the African diaspora.

Elísio Macamo is the Chair of Development Sociology at the University of Bayreuth, and a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo. He is author of A leitura sociólogica – Um manual introdutório (Imprensa Universitária) and coeditor, with Lars Clausen and Elke Geenen, of Entsetzliche soziale Prozesse. Theoretische und empirische Annährungen (Lit Verlag,); and, with Yehuda Elkana, Ivan Krastev and Shalini Randeria, of Unraveling Ties: From Social Cohesion to New Practices of Connectedness (Campus). His current research is on local perceptions of disaster in Mozambique.

The Contributors: Elísio Macamo, Julani Niaah, Cassandra R. Veney, Alda Romão Saúte, Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Ines Macamo Raimundo, Samwel Ong’wen Okuro, and Ekuru Aukot

July 23 2005