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Working the System: A Political Ethnography of the New Angola

Jon Schubert


Offering the first long-term ethnographic study of Angola since the end of its decades-long internal conflict, this book offers an empirically and analytically innovative perspective that balances the ‘Africa rising’ narrative pervading mainstream media reports of post-war Angola, and complicates the clientelist account of Angolan politics that predominates in academic literature. It does so by privileging an ethnographic approach rooted in urban life to capture the radical social and spatial dynamics of everyday life in its capital, Luanda. By working through the emic notion of the system (o ... More

Keywords: Angola, Hegemony, Anthropology of the State, MPLA, African Politics, Authoritarianism, Affect, Gramsci

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501713699
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Schubert, author
University of Geneva