- State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa
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State and Culture in Postcolonial Africa
Edited by Tejumola Olaniyan
Contributions by Akinwumi Adesokan, Kunle Ajibade, Matthew H. Brown, Patrick Chabal, Nevine El Nossery, Luis Madureira, Anne-Maria Makhulu, Louise Meintjes, Niyi Osundare, Lark Porter, Ato Quayson, Sofia Samatar, Michael G. Schatzberg and Ken Walibora Wahaula
Published by: Indiana University Press
How has the state impacted culture and cultural production in Africa? How has culture challenged and transformed the state and our understandings of its nature, functions, and legitimacy? Compelled by complex realities on the ground as well as interdisciplinary scholarly debates on the state-culture dynamic, senior scholars and emerging voices examine the intersections of the state, culture, and politics in postcolonial Africa in this lively and wide-ranging volume. The coverage here is continental and topics include literature, politics, philosophy, music, religion, theatre, film, television, sports, child trafficking, journalism, city planning, and architecture. Together, the essays provide an energetic and nuanced portrait of the cultural forms of politics and the political forms of culture in contemporary Africa.
1. Culture and the Study of Politics in Post-Colonial Africa
2. Joined at the Hip: African Literature and Africa's Body-Politic
3. Philosophy and the State in Postcolonial Africa
4. Soccer and the State: The Politics and Morality of Daily Life
Michael G. Schatzberg
5. The Enchanted History of Nigerian State Television
Matthew H. Brown
6. "Performing like there's no tomorrow": Theatre, War and Social Vulnerability in Mozambique
7. Fissures of Trespass: Women as Agents of Transgression Amidst National Disenchantment
Névine El Nossery
8. The Sudanese Nation and Its Fragments: Tayeb Salih's Literary Archaeology
9. The African Postcolonial Predicament: A Logic of Revenge, Prison Poetry, and Becoming Human
Ken Walibora Waliaula
10. "Jesus Christ Executive Producer": Pentecostal Parapolitics in Nollywood Films
11. Hi-fi Sociality, Lo-fi Sound: Affect and Precarity in an Independent South African Recording Studio
12. Talibé Trafficking: The Transformation of Koranic Teaching in Senegal
13. Tradition of Resistance in Nigeria's Print Media: The Example of TheNEWS
14. Improvisational Characteristics of an Urban Fragment: Oxford St., Accra
15. Gaining Ground: Squatters and the Right to the City
16. African Urban Garrison Architecture: Property, Armed Robbery, Para-Capitalism
Tejumola Olaniyan is Louise Durham Mead Professor of African Cultural Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Arrest the Music! Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics and African Diaspora and the Disciplines.
"For the African postcolonial state and Olaniyan and contributors, epistemological, theoretical, and pragmatic questions surrounding authority, ownership, and institutional forward progression should commence in the realm of culture. Curious readers inquiring the same should seek out this volume."~African Studies Review
"An intellectual invitation to take seriously the various ways in which the postcolonial state in Africa and the realm of cultural production interact. . . the individual contributions are joyously anarchic."~Ebenezer Obadare, author of Humor, Silence, and Civil Society in Nigeria
"From garrison architecture to unruly pedestrians and taxi drivers performing the improvisational choreography of chaotic urban traffic, from Nollywood to philosophical musings on the unfulfilled promises of modernity, from soccer to revolutionary theatre, this volume makes a compelling case for the relevance of cultural studies in the understanding of the postcolonial African state."~Cilas Kemedjio, author of The Humanitarian Misunderstanding: Remembering Globalization