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Working the SystemA Political Ethnography of the New Angola$
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Jon Schubert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713699

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713699.001.0001

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A Culture of Immediatism

A Culture of Immediatism

Co-optation and Complicity

(p.137) Chapter 5 A Culture of Immediatism
Working the System

Jon Schubert

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at the desires produced by Angola’s oil wealth and analyses the material and symbolic effects of the post-war economic boom on the lives of Luandans. It does so by exploring the often-cited emic notion of a ‘culture of immediatism’ to show how the dynamics of economic growth and the commodification of politics are perceived and utilized by the population. Contrary to popular interpretation the idea that regime critics are simply ‘co-opted’ falls short; instead, the chapter demonstrates how these processes are much more ambiguous, fluid and reciprocal, and represent avenues for agency and strategies for upward mobility, thereby complicating ideas of ‘corruption’ and balancing the standard ‘clientelist’ account of contemporary Angola

Keywords:   Consumption, Hegemony, Aspiration, Commodification, Corruption, Co-optation, Complicity, Boom Economy, Oil Money

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