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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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Making the System Work

(p.179) Conclusion
Working the System

Jon Schubert

Cornell University Press

The conclusion restates the main points of the book: Working through the emic understanding of contemporary Angolan society as a system that needs to be understood, mastered, and managed to successfully navigate daily life, this ethnography encompasses both the symbolic and material affects of power in people’s lives. By focusing on the relational, sensuous and reciprocal dimensions of power, this study seeks to understand the co-production of the political in a neo-authoritarian political environment like Angola. It argues that by paying detailed attention to the more subtle cultural processes and everyday politics of the ordinary in the system of contemporary Angola we can begin to understand how a regime like this one functions, and how political authority is re-negotiated on a daily basis.

Keywords:   Hegemony, Repertoires, Authoritarianism, Affect of politics, African Politics, Gramsci

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