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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

256 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-359-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2019)

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Regimes of Responsibility in Africa ­analyses the transformations that discourses and practices of responsibility have undergone in Africa. By doing so, this collection develops a stronger grasp of the 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, adding to it a set of analytical perspectives that can help further enlarge its theoretical and geographical scope.

Benjamin Rubbers is Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Liège, Belgium. He is also the author of three monographs and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the Congolese Copperbelt, which he has frequently visited on fieldtrips since 1999.

Alessandro Jedlowski is a media anthropologist and the co-chair of the “African Diasporas” programme of the African Studies research centre Les Afriques dans le monde (LAM) at the Bordeaux School of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Bordeaux).

Subject: Political and Economic Anthropology Anthropology (General)
Area: Africa


List of Illustrations

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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