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Politics and Policies in Upper Guinea Coast Societies

Change and Continuity

Editors: Højbjerg, Christian K., Knörr, Jacqueline, Murphy, William (Eds.)

  • Places postcolonial statehood and national belonging into the context of refugee migration and civil war, and challenges conventions of explaining violent conflict
  • Examines development and international intervention in the Guinea region
  • Includes case studies which illustrate the changes in social and political landscape of Sierra Leone, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Liberia and the Gambia over the last three decades
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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.

About the authors

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.

Jacqueline Knörr is Head of of the research group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. Her research and publications focus on issues of identity, integration, migration, diaspora, gender, creolization, (trans)nationalism and childhood. Her regional foci are West Africa and Indonesia.

William P. Murphy is Research Affiliate in the Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, USA and research partner of the research group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. His early research focused on secrecy and socio-political hierarchy in Liberia, and on the language and strategies of chiefly political succession in Sierra Leone. His current research examines the language and organization of violence in civil war, using case material from Liberia and Sierra Leone.


Reviews

“Building on a decade of work by the research group ‘Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, this book brings together a group of scholars deeply engaged with the lived politics of the region.  The chapters problematize a range of common tropes about the politics of the Upper Guinea Coast, allowing us to understand political struggles in local terms, hence transcending conventional wisdom. Articulated through finely detailed examples we see how common binaries like stranger and host or patron and client are contested and remade in ongoing social practice.  The work shows that anthropological insights need not be purely theoretical but can be put to use in understanding and addressing pressing issues such as conflict, migration, and health crises.“ (Susan Shepler, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University, USA)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Deconstructing Tropes of Politics and Policies in Upper Guinea Coast Societies

    Højbjerg, Christian K. (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Poro Society, Migration, and Political Incorporation on the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

    Ménard, Anaïs

    Pages 29-51

  • Challenging the Classical Parameters of “Doing Host–Refugee Politics”: The Case of Casamance Refugees in The Gambia

    Ray, Charlotte

    Pages 53-75

  • Betterment Versus Complicity: Struggling with Patron–Client Logics in Sierra Leone

    Menzel, Anne

    Pages 77-98

  • Kinship Tropes as Critique of Patronage in Postwar Sierra Leone

    Murphy, William P.

    Pages 99-122

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eBook £67.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95013-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £86.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95012-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics and Policies in Upper Guinea Coast Societies
Book Subtitle
Change and Continuity
Editors
  • Christian K. Højbjerg
  • Jacqueline Knörr
  • William Murphy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95013-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95013-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95012-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 342
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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