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Hard Work, Hard Times : Global Volatility and African Subjectivities, Paperback / softback Book

Hard Work, Hard Times : Global Volatility and African Subjectivities Paperback / softback

Edited by Anne-Maria Makhulu, Beth A. Buggenhagen, Stephen Jackson

Part of the Global, Area, and International Archive series


The description of Africa as a continent in perpetual crisis, ubiquitous in the popular media and in policy and development circles, is at once obvious and obfuscating.

This collection by leading ethnographers moves beyond the rhetoric of African crisis to theorize people's everyday practices under volatile conditions not of their own making.

From Ghanaian hiplife music to the U.S. 'diversity lottery' in Togo, from politicos in Cote d'Ivoire to squatters in South Africa, the essays in "Hard Work, Hard Times" uncover the imaginative ways in which African subjects make and remake themselves and their worlds, and thus make do, get by, get over, and sometimes thrive.

The contributors include: Beth A. Buggenhagen, Stephen Jackson, Anne-Maria Makhulu, Mike McGovern, Charles Piot , Dorothea E.

Schulz, and Jesse Weaver Shipley.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural anthropology
  • ISBN: 9780520098749



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