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Global Shadows
  • Bandtyp: Häftad
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 200602
  • Antal sidor: 272
  • ISBN10:0822337177
  • ISBN13:9780822337171

Global Shadows


Both on the continent and off, "Africa" is spoken of in terms of crisis: as a place of failure and seemingly insurmountable problems, as a moral challenge to the international community. What, though, is really at stake in discussions about Africa, its problems, and its place in the world? And what should be the response of those scholars who have sought to understand not the "Africa" portrayed in broad strokes in journalistic accounts and policy papers but rather specific places and social realities within Africa?

In Global Shadows the renowned anthropologist James Ferguson moves beyond the traditional anthropological focus on local communities to explore more general questions about Africa and its place in the contemporary world. Ferguson develops his argument through a series of provocative essays which open-as he shows they must-into interrogations of globalization, modernity, worldwide inequality, and social justice. He maintains that Africans in a variety of social and geographical locations increasingly seek to make claims of membership within a global community, claims that contest the marginalization that has so far been the principal fruit of "globalization" for Africa. Ferguson contends that such claims demand new understandings of the global, centered less on transnational flows and images of unfettered connection than on the social relations that selectively constitute global society and on the rights and obligations that characterize it.

Ferguson points out that anthropologists and others who have refused the category of Africa as empirically problematic have, in their devotion to particularity, allowed themselves to remain bystanders in the broader conversations about Africa. In Global Shadows, he urges fellow scholars into the arena, encouraging them to find a way to speak beyond the academy about Africa's position within an egregiously imbalanced world order.

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  • To become a "coco-nut"

    ?Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order? is composed by nine essays written by James Ferguson. Exploring the actuality of the economic ?globalization?, as well as the social and political consequences inflicted by policies and actions of the West, all essays focus on how the oversimplified category of ?Africa? has come to occupy a subordinate position in the neoliberal world order.

    Ferguson defends his using of the term ?Africa? by claiming that detailed fieldwork in Africa in fact often has little impact on the wider discussion about the region. Africa, Ferguson tells us, is indeed an actual category in the Western discourse, most prominently in the economic language as African nations tend to be ?lumped together? by foreign investors. But rather than a broad wave of invested capital flushing over the continent, as the dominant discourse of economic globalization seems to tell us, foreign investments in Africa in large consists of enclaves at specific dots on the map. Hence, Ferguson suggests, there is no global flow of capital; the reality is ?global hopping?, where capital jumps between selected points and excludes what lies in between.

    In a historical perspective, Ferguson states, the non-modern parts of Africa often have been termed ?not-modern-yet? modernity would come with time. Linked to such thinking was however the notion of social hierarchy, were traditionalistic societies of savagery-status finally would reach ?civilization?. Trying to leave the past behind, a new discourse has developed among anthropologists saying that all cultures are equal modern. But as people measure their living standards by the socioeconomic world scale, Ferguson argues that this view is ill-fated and indeed connects cultural difference and economic inequality. People in Africa will not consider themselves modern until they are a part of the world society and have the same possibilities as people in the larger part of the world do, even if their

    av D.K, 2009-05-15

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