SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Book Discussion: 'The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa, Beyond the Margins'

Wale Adebanwi (Oxford University)

Date: 30 October 2017Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 30 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Seminar

This seminar will be dedicated to a discussion of this new collection of essays edited by Prof. Wale Adebanwi, 'The Political Economy of Everyday Life in Africa, Beyond the Margins' (James Currey/Boydell & Brewer). Wale Adebanwi and other speakers will introduce and lead a discussion of the book's contribution.

The book is a multi-disciplinary examination of the role of ordinary African people as agents in the generation and distribution of well-being in modern Africa.

What are the fundamental issues, processes, agency and dynamics that shape the political economy of life in modern Africa? In this book, the contributors - experts in anthropology, history, political science, economics, conflict and peace studies, philosophy and language - examine the opportunities and constraints placed on living, livelihoods and sustainable life on the continent. Reflecting on why and how the political economy of life approach is essential for understanding the social process in modern Africa, they engage with the intellectual oeuvre of the influential Africanist economic anthropologist Jane Guyer, who provides an Afterword. The contributors analyse the political economy of everyday life as it relates to money and currency; migrant labour forces and informal and formal economies; dispossession of land; debt and indebtedness; socio-economic marginality; and the entrenchment of colonial and apartheid pasts.

Speakers: Wale Adebanwi (Oxford University),  David Pratten (Oxford University), Jane Guyer (Johns Hopkins University), Laura Mann (London School of Economics)

Wale Adebanwi is the Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the University of Oxford. He is author of Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning (University of Rochester Press). He is also a co-editor of Africa: journal of the International African Institute 

Contact email: am131@soas.ac.uk