Working the System in Boomtown Africa
This chapter introduces the reader to Luanda and the paradoxes of living in ‘Boomtown Africa’ today. It presents the emic notion of the ‘system’ as an analytic to think through the facets of hegemony in contemporary Angola, and, by outlining its main themes, positions the book conceptually within current debates on political legitimacy, resource-dependent economic growth, and the making and remaking of the state in Africa.
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