Maurice John Hutton

In August 2013, I completed a Research Masters degree at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. My master thesis (Title: A dystopian democracy: discourses on leadership failure and national transformation in Malawi's urban public sphere) combines political sociology and political philosophy in the analysis of discourses about political leadership in Malawi’s democratic public sphere. It brings into focus the discursive processes that gradually reshape cultural notions of desirable leadership, legitimacy and power – heavily influenced by urban cultural elites. This research involved 4,5 months of fieldwork in Zomba, Blantyre and Lilongwe, conducting interviews and gathering a large corpus of texts from newspapers and other public forums. I’m searching for work or internships related to qualitative research, journalism or development in Africa, to fill the next year before beginning a PhD (unless other fruitful career opportunities arise in that time). My countries of focus in the foreseeable future are likely to be Malawi and/or Zimbabwe.

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