August, 2012 archive

Call for contributions to special issue of Politique Africaine: Crises and Whispers in the Sahel

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This special issue has a twofold objective. Firstly, to reinsert the most visible tensions that today come together to turn the Sahelian countries into a crisis zone into the ordinary context that produced them. The most obvious signs of crises, be they coups, secession, armed rebellion, religious radicalization, rising criminality or increased poverty, cannot be understood in all their complexity if they are apprehended in isolation, as if they made sense in themselves or existed separately from their social and historical environment. At the same time, this special issue also aims to interrogate the effects of anti-crisis policies that have been applied in the Sahel over recent years, in particular to ask whether they are in fact new or rather the continuation of more longstanding policies by other means.

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Appel à Contributions pour la revue Politique africaine: Crises et chuchotements au Sahel

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

L’objectif de ce dossier est double. Il vise d’abord à replacer les tensions les plus visibles, qui concourent aujourd’hui à ériger les pays sahéliens en un espace en crise, dans les contextes ordinaires qui les ont produits. Les manifestations les plus patentes des crises, qu’il s’agisse de coups d’État, de sécession politique, de luttes armées, de radicalisations religieuses, de poussées de la criminalité ou de forte paupérisation, ne sauraient être comprises dans leur complexité dès lors qu’elles sont appréhendées isolément, comme si elles faisaient sens en elles-mêmes ou qu’elles marquaient une nette rupture par rapport à leur environnement social et historique.En parallèle, ce dossier vise également à interroger les effets des politiques de crise mises en ¦uvre au Sahel ces dernières années, que ces politiques soient tout à fait nouvelles ou qu’elles ne soient que le prolongement de politiques antérieures par d’autres moyens.

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New Publication: Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: Regional Connectivity in the Twentieth Century by Judith Scheele

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara describes life on and around the contemporary border between Algeria and Mali, exploring current developments in a broad historical and socioeconomic context. Basing her findings on long-term fieldwork with trading families, truckers, smugglers and scholars, Judith Scheele investigates the history of contemporary patterns of mobility from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through a careful analysis of family ties and local economic records, this book shows how long-standing mobility and interdependence have shaped not only local economies, but also notions of social hierarchy, morality and political legitimacy, creating patterns that endure today and that need to be taken into account in any empirically-grounded study of the region.

Judith Scheele is post-doctoral research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. She is a social anthropologist who has conducted extensive fieldwork in Algeria, Mali, and, more recently, Chad. She is the author of Village Matters: Knowledge, Politics and Community in Kabylia, Algeria (2009).

More information at publisher’s website (Cambridge University Press)

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