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  • Illustrations xiii Preface xvii Acknowledgments xxiii Introduction 1 1. Live Dangerously, My Brothers: Ex-Combatants and the Political Economy of Space 33 2. The Ministry of Defense: Excessive Architecture 61 3. E. J. Roye: The Corporate (Post)Modern 91 4. Hotel Africa: The Uncritical Ruin 115 5. Liberia Broadcasting System: Three Utopias 143 6. Finding Urban Form: A Coda 175 Notes 183 References 189 Index 203.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822363576 20171127
In Monrovia Modern Danny Hoffman uses the ruins of four iconic modernist buildings in Monrovia, Liberia, as a way to explore the relationship between the built environment and political imagination. Hoffman shows how the E. J. Roye tower and the Hotel Africa luxury resort, as well as the unfinished Ministry of Defense and Liberia Broadcasting System buildings, transformed during the urban warfare of the 1990s from symbols of the modernist project of nation-building to reminders of the challenges Monrovia's residents face. The transient lives of these buildings' inhabitants, many of whom are ex-combatants, prevent them from making place-based claims to a right to the city and hinder their ability to think of ways to rebuild and repurpose their built environment. Featuring nearly 100 of Hoffman's color photographs, Monrovia Modern is situated at the intersection of photography, architecture, and anthropology, mapping out the possibilities and limits for imagining an urban future in Monrovia and beyond.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822363576 20171127
Green Library
AFRICAST-249-01, ANTHRO-348B-01, HISTORY-349-01
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xiv, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • Introduction: What do science, technology, and innovation mean from Africa? / Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
  • 1. The place of science and technology in our lives : making sense of possibilities / D.A. Masolo
  • 2. The language of science, technology, and innovation : a chimurenga way of seeing from dzimbahwe / Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
  • 3. The metalworker, the potter, and the pre-European African "laboratory" / Shadreck Chirikure
  • 4. Plants of bondage, limbo plants, and liberation flora : diasporic reflections for STS in Africa and Africa in STS / Geri Augusto
  • 5. Smartness from below : variations on technology and creativity in contemporary Kinshasa / Katrien Pype
  • 6. On the politics of generative justice : African traditions and maker communities / Ron Eglash and Ellen K. Foster
  • 7. Making mobiles African / Toluwalogo Odumosu
  • 8. Innovation for development : Africa / Garrick E. Louis, Neda Nazemi, and Scott Remer
  • 9. Science, technology, and innovation in Africa : conceptualizations, relevance and policy directions / Chux Daniels.
In the STI literature, Africa has often been regarded as a recipient of science, technology, and innovation rather than a maker of them. In this book, scholars from a range of disciplines show that STI in Africa is not merely the product of "technology transfer" from elsewhere but the working of African knowledge. Their contributions focus on African ways of looking, meaning-making, and creating. The chapter authors see Africans as intellectual agents whose perspectives constitute authoritative knowledge and whose strategic deployment of both endogenous and inbound things represents an African-centered notion of STI. "Things do not (always) mean the same from everywhere, " observes Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, the volume's editor. Western, colonialist definitions of STI are not universalizable.The contributors discuss topics that include the trivialization of indigenous knowledge under colonialism; the creative labor of chimurenga, the transformation of everyday surroundings into military infrastructure; the role of enslaved Africans in America as innovators and synthesizers; the African ethos of "fixing"; the constitutive appropriation that makes mobile technologies African; and an African innovation strategy that builds on domestic capacities. The contributions describe an Africa that is creative, technological, and scientific, showing that African STI is the latest iteration of a long process of accumulative, multicultural knowledge production.ContributorsGeri Augusto, Shadreck Chirikure, Chux Daniels, Ron Eglash, Ellen Foster, Garrick E. Louis, D. A. Masolo, Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Neda Nazemi, Toluwalogo Odumosu, Katrien Pype, Scott Remer.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262533904 20170807
Green Library
AFRICAST-249-01, ANTHRO-348B-01, HISTORY-349-01
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xii, 238 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Democracy's Infrastructure, Apartheid's Debris Chapter 2 The "Discipline of Freedom" 31 Neoliberalism, Translation, and Techno-Politics after the 1976 Soweto Uprising Chapter 3 After the Rent Boycotts 65 Infrastructure and the Politics of Payment Chapter 4 The Making of a Techno-Political Device 105 Chapter 5 Measuring Life 132 Living Prepaid and the Politics of Numbers after Apartheid Chapter 6 Performing Dignity 168 Human Rights and the Legal Politics of Water Conclusion 196 Infrastructure, Democracy, and the Postapartheid Political Terrain References 203 Index 233.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691170787 20161213
In the past decade, South Africa's "miracle transition" has been interrupted by waves of protests in relation to basic services such as water and electricity. Less visibly, the post-apartheid period has witnessed widespread illicit acts involving infrastructure, including the nonpayment of service charges, the bypassing of metering devices, and illegal connections to services. Democracy's Infrastructure shows how such administrative links to the state became a central political terrain during the antiapartheid struggle and how this terrain persists in the post-apartheid present. Focusing on conflicts surrounding prepaid water meters, Antina von Schnitzler examines the techno-political forms through which democracy takes shape. Von Schnitzler explores a controversial project to install prepaid water meters in Soweto--one of many efforts to curb the nonpayment of service charges that began during the antiapartheid struggle--and she traces how infrastructure, payment, and technical procedures become sites where citizenship is mediated and contested. She follows engineers, utility officials, and local bureaucrats as they consider ways to prompt Sowetans to pay for water, and she shows how local residents and activists wrestle with the constraints imposed by meters. This investigation of democracy from the perspective of infrastructure reframes the conventional story of South Africa's transition, foregrounding the less visible remainders of apartheid and challenging readers to think in more material terms about citizenship and activism in the postcolonial world. Democracy's Infrastructure examines how seemingly mundane technological domains become charged territory for struggles over South Africa's political transformation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691170787 20161213
Green Library
AFRICAST-249-01, ANTHRO-348B-01, HISTORY-349-01
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xv, 249 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Firearms and the history of technology in Africa
  • Power and international trade in the savanna
  • The domestication of the musket on the Upper Zambezi
  • The warlord's muskets : the political economy of Garenganze
  • Gun societies undone? The effects of British and Belgian rule
  • "They disdain firearms" : the relationship between guns and the Ngoni
  • Of "martial races" and guns : the politics of honor to the early twentieth century
  • Conclusion: gun domestication in historical perspective.
Why did some central African peoples embrace gun technology in the nineteenth century, and others turn their backs on it? In answering this question, The Gun in Central Africa offers a thorough reassessment of the history of firearms in central Africa. Marrying the insights of Africanist historiography with those of consumption and science and technology studies, Giacomo Macola approaches the subject from a culturally sensitive perspective that encompasses both the practical and the symbolic attributes of firearms.Informed by the view that the power of objects extends beyond their immediate service functions, The Gun in Central Africa presents Africans as agents of technological re-innovation who understood guns in terms of their changing social structures and political interests. By placing firearms at the heart of the analysis, this volume casts new light on processes of state formation and military revolution in the era of the long-distance trade, the workings of central African gender identities and honor cultures, and the politics of the colonial encounter.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780821422120 20160718
Green Library
AFRICAST-249-01, ANTHRO-348B-01, HISTORY-349-01
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xvi, 228 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
  • Preface ixAcknowledgments xiii1. The Other Cancer Ward 12. Neoplastic Africa: Mapping Circuits of Toxicity and Knowledge 293. Creating and Embedding Cancer in Botswana's Oncology Ward 52Interlude. Amputation Day at Princess Marina Hospital 854. The Moral Intimacies of Care 935. Pain and Laughter 1196. After ARVs, During Cancer, Before Death 152Epilogue. Changing Wards, Further Improvisations 174Notes 183Bibliography 205Index 221.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822353423 20160609
In Improvising Medicine, Julie Livingston tells the story of Botswana's only dedicated cancer ward, located in its capital city of Gaborone. This affecting ethnography follows patients, their relatives, and ward staff as a cancer epidemic emerged in Botswana. The epidemic is part of an ongoing surge in cancers across the global south; the stories of Botswana's oncology ward dramatize the human stakes and intellectual and institutional challenges of an epidemic that will shape the future of global health. They convey the contingencies of high-tech medicine in a hospital where vital machines are often broken, drugs go in and out of stock, and bed space is always at a premium. They also reveal cancer as something that happens between people. Serious illness, care, pain, disfigurement, and even death emerge as deeply social experiences. Livingston describes the cancer ward in terms of the bureaucracy, vulnerability, power, biomedical science, mortality, and hope that shape contemporary experience in southern Africa. Her ethnography is a profound reflection on the social orchestration of hope and futility in an African hospital, the politics and economics of healthcare in Africa, and palliation and disfigurement across the global south.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822353423 20160609
Green Library
AFRICAST-249-01, ANTHRO-348B-01, HISTORY-349-01