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Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling

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The question usually asked about Africa is: 'why is it going wrong?' Is the continent still suffering from the ravages of colonialism? Or is it the victim of postcolonial economic exploitation, poor governance and lack of aid? Whatever the answer, increasingly the result is poverty and violence.

In Africa: the Politics of Suffering and Smiling Patrick Chabal approaches this
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 12th 2009 by Zed Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Portions of this book were assigned for a class I took on Africa in my graduate program at Georgetown. I found it so interesting and helpful, I went back and read the whole book at the end of the semester and have since referred to it to inform research and complete assignments in other courses. It provides an excellent framework for approaching social and cultural issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Chabal describes the everyday social and political challenges that face those who live in and govern A ...more
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