This is a collection of original studies investigating the multifaceted notion of African modernities. The authors examine ideas and practices of modernity as well as the implication of its meaning in current acadamic debate. Both perspectives are thoroughly interdependent, but they are often presented as distinct and opposed to each other. One of the main aims of this volume is to show just how they are related, and how they form a deeply entangled subject that continues to shape and affect the notion of modernity in Africa.
Introduction - cherished visions and entangled meanings, Jan-George Deutsch et al; West Africa - modernity and modernization, Richard Rathbone; Kenyatta, God and the modern world, John Lonsdale; dislocation, memory and modernity - the prophet Isaiah Shembe and the search for voice and space, Liz Gunner; images of an African modernity - the Likoni Ferry photographers of Mombasa, Kenya, Heike Behrend; governmentality, materiality, legality, modernity - on the colonial state in Africa, John Comaroff; reason, modernity and the African crisis, Simon Gikandi; modernization theory, modernization and African modernities - an outsider's view, Wolfgang Knobl.
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