Politics and Policies in Upper Guinea Coast Societies

Change and Continuity
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ISBN-13:
9781349950126
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
17.12.2016
Seiten:
342
Autor:
Christian K. Højbjerg
Gewicht:
578 g
Format:
216x153x24 mm
Sprache:
Englisch

Inhaltsverzeichnis
1. Introduction: Deconstructing Tropes of Politics and Policies in Upper Guinea
Beschreibung
This book examines the radical changes in social and political landscape of the Upper Guinea Coast region over the past 30 years as a result of civil wars, post-war interventions by international, humanitarian agencies and peacekeeping missions, as well as a regional public health crisis (Ebola epidemic). The emphasis on 'crises' in this book draws attention to the intense socio-transformations in the region over the last three decades. Contemporary crises and changes in the region provoke a challenge to accepted ways of understanding and imagining socio-political life in the region - whether at the level of subnational and national communities, or international and regional structures of interest, such as refugees, weapon trafficking, cross-border military incursions, regional security, and transnational epidemics. This book explores and transcends the central explanatory tropes that have oriented research on the region and re-evaluates them in the light of the contemporary structural dynamics of crises, changes and continuities.
Autor
Christian K. Højbjerg was Associate Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and for many years a member of the research group "Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast" at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. He published extensively on a range of subjects, including historical memory, ritual and social organization, conflict and emergent political orders, identity and difference, and the role of reflexivity in shaping both social change and theoretical change.

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