Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa

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Routledge, Nov 17, 2015 - Social Science - 272 pages
As nation-states in the Northern Hemisphere experience economic crisis, political corruption and racial tension, it seems as though they might be 'evolving' into the kind of societies normally associated with the 'Global South'. Anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff draw on their long experience of living in Africa to address a range of familiar themes - democracy, national borders, labour and capital and multiculturalism. They consider how we might understand these issues by using theory developed in the Global South. Challenging our ideas about 'developed' and 'developing' nations, Theory from the South provides new insights into key problems of our time.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Theory from the South
1
A Perspective from Africa
51
Thoughts on Citizenship and Difference
65
The Politics of Being and the Problem of Belonging
91
An Anthropological Take on African Political Modernities
109
Memory Evidence and the Forensic Production of the Past
133
Zombies Immigrants and Millennial Capitalism
153
AIDS BioPolitics and the Neo World Order
173
Editorial Note
191
Notes
193
Bibliography
219
Index
251
About the Authors
261
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Jean Comaroff is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. She is co-editor most recently of "Law and Disorder in the Postcolony" (University of Chicago Press 2006), and is currently working on a new book, "Ethnicity, Inc".

John L. Comaroff is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. He is co-editor most recently of "Law and Disorder in the Postcolony" (University of Chicago Press 2006), and is currently working on a new book, "Ethnicity, Inc".

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