Strength beyond structure : social and historical trajectories of agency in Africa

TitleStrength beyond structure : social and historical trajectories of agency in Africa
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
Series EditorM.E. de Bruijn, R.A.van Dijk, and J.B. Gewald
Series titleAfrican dynamics
Issue6
Pagination - 344
Date Published2007///
PublisherBrill
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1568-1777
KeywordsAfrica, Angola, Chad, children, diaspora, dreams, empowerment, Herero, images, Kapsiki, Pentecostalism, religion, social conditions, social sciences, South Africa, women, youth, Zimbabwe
Abstract

This book explores the notion of agency in a range of empirical situations in Africa. It emphasizes the possibilities individuals and social groups perceive when faced with the constraints that tend to mark African social life. Contributions: Social and historical trajectories of agency in Africa: an introduction (Rijk van Dijk, Mirjam de Bruijn and Jan-Bart Gewald); Manchester as the birth place of modern agency research: the Manchester School explained from the perspective of Evans-Pritchard's book 'The Nuer' (Wim van Binsbergen); Dreams and agency during Angola's war of independence (Inge Brinkman); Chief Hosea Kutako: a Herero royal and Namibian nationalist's life against confinement 1870-1970 (Jan-Bart Gewald); Agency in Kapsiki religion: a comparative approach (Wouter van Beek); Les enveloppes pour Papa Daniel: la transformation des relations domestiques dans les ménages des Congolais de la diaspora (Julie Ndaya); From individual act to social agency in San trance rituals (Thomas Widlok); The dynamics of families, their work and provisioning strategies in the changing economies in the urban townships of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Otrude N. Moyo); Images of Africa: agency and nature conservation in South Africa (Malcolm Draper, Marja Spierenburg and Harry Wels); Solitary births in Téra, Niger: a local quest for safety (Gertie Janssen); Agency in and from the margins: street children and youth in N'Djaména, Chad (Mirjam de Bruijn); Negotiating the memory of Fulbe hierarchy among mobile elite women (Lotte Pelckmans); The safe and suffering body in transnational Ghanaian Pentecostalism: towards an anthropology of vulnerable agency (Rijk van Dijk); Epilogue: theorizing agency in and on Africa: the questions are key (Francis B. Nyamnjoh). [ASC Leiden abstract]

IR handle/ Full text URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1887/18528
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