9780745644370-0745644376-The State in Africa: The Politics of the Belly

The State in Africa: The Politics of the Belly

ISBN-13: 9780745644370
ISBN-10: 0745644376
Edition: 2
Author: Bayart, Jean-Francois
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Polity
Format: Paperback 420 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780745644370
ISBN-10: 0745644376
Edition: 2
Author: Bayart, Jean-Francois
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Polity
Format: Paperback 420 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bayart, Jean-Francois wrote The State in Africa: The Politics of the Belly comprising 420 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0745644376 and 9780745644370. Since then The State in Africa: The Politics of the Belly textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The State in Africa is one of the important and compelling texts of comparative politics and historical sociology of the last twenty years. Bayart rejects the assumption of African ‘otherness’ based on stereotyped images of famine, corruption and civil war. Instead he invites the reader to see that African politics is like politics anywhere else in the world, not an exotic aberration.

Africans themselves speak of a ‘politics of the belly’ – an expression that refers not only to the necessities of survival but also to a complex array of cultural representations, notably those of the ‘invisible’ world of sorcery. The ‘politics of the belly’ attests to a distinctively African trajectory of power that we need to understand as part of a long-term historical development.

While acknowledging the insights of Western social scientists from Weber to Foucault, Bayart never loses sight of the realities of African politics and social life and he is careful to allow African voices – from the ‘small boy’ in the street to the ‘big men’ in the presidential palaces – to speak for themselves.

This new edition of Bayart’s classic book includes a new introduction on Africa in the world today.

This book has established itself as an indispensable text on the state and politics in Africa. It also provides a nuanced reading of what we have come to call ‘development’ and opens the way for a more general reflection on the invention of politics in African and Asian societies.

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