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Title: Person and Community in Contemporary Africa
Description: African societies are often characterized as emphasizing the importance of duties to the group--communal ownership and collective responsibility--rather than individual rights or personal conscience. This course focuses on tensions between communalism and individualism, and in so doing, explores indigenous and imported notions of power and corruption, prosperity and disease as they are lived and understood within contemporary Western and Southern Africa. How do kin-ordered social systems respond to the incursions of global capitalism and the advent of the nation-state? How have chieftaincy, slavery, and state-structures emerged within them? How have such new organizational forms as political parties, religious congregations, ethnic groups, and occupational associations been constructed under changing historical conditions?
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Name: Elizabeth Eames
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Bates College
Field: Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Introductory
Student Type: Undergraduate
Class Size: Up to 20
Geography: Africa

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