Africa & Politics, Exception or Agent

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  • Africa & Politics: Exception or Agent?
    • Ways of explaining African politics
      • Structuralist Claim: Africa shaped by their position in the international system
        • 'Othering' Edward Said Orientalism/Eurocentric theories -  Africa never experienced the enlightenment
          • Hegel
          • Kaplan
          • Fukuyama
      • Agency argument: Africans as active participant, not simply passive.
        • Lonsdale: Agency in tight corners
      • African Essentialism: Africa is all the same, shaped by a singular historical legacy
        • Bayart: Politics of Belly
        • Mamdani: Decentralised Despotism
        • Iliffe/Herbst: Geography & Population Density
      • Africa: shaped by the perceptions of others?
        • Ferguson: West constructs an understanding of Africa it can understand itself through
      • Africa rising: Africa contains some of the fastest growing economies in the world
    • Why should we study African Politics?
      • Diversity of languages and ecology
      • Africa as home?
      • Colonialism?
      • Africa is difficult to interpret
    • Is explaining Africa impossible?
      • No. Our job as scholars is to find ways to talk about Africa that are honest and useful
      • Africa can help us explore limits of Eurocentric ideas
        • Alternative modernities
  • Africa rising: Africa contains some of the fastest growing economies in the world
  • Diversity of languages and ecology
  • Africa as home?
  • Colonialism?
  • Is explaining Africa impossible?
    • No. Our job as scholars is to find ways to talk about Africa that are honest and useful
    • Africa can help us explore limits of Eurocentric ideas
      • Alternative modernities
  • Fukuyama
  • Lonsdale: Agency in tight corners
  • Ferguson: West constructs an understanding of Africa it can understand itself through
  • Bayart: Politics of Belly
  • Mamdani: Decentralised Despotism
  • Hegel
  • Kaplan

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