Corruption as an empty signifier : politics and political order in Africa

Koechlin, Lucy. (2013) Corruption as an empty signifier : politics and political order in Africa. Africa-Europe group for interdisciplinary studies, vol. 10. Leiden.

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Corruption as an Empty Signifier critically explores the ways in which corruption in Africa has been equated with African politics and political order, and offers a novel approach to understanding corruption as a potentially emancipatory discourse of political transformation. Conventionally, both academic literature as well as development policies depict corruption as the lynchpin of politics in Africa, locking African societies into political orders which subvert democratic change. Drawing on the findings of a case study of the construction industry in Tanzania, Lucy Koechlin conceptualises corruption as a signifier enabling, rather than preventing, social actors to articulate democratic claims. She provides compelling arguments for a more sophisticated understanding of and empirical attentiveness to emancipatory change in African political orders.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Koechlin, Lucy
Item Type:Book
Book Subtype:Authored Book
ISBN:978-90-04-24999-8 (pbk.) ; 90-04-24999-0 (pbk.) ; 978-90-04-25298-1 (e-book) ; 90-04-25298-3 (e-book)
Number of Pages:283 p.
Note:Thesis: Diss. Phil.-Hist. Univ. Basel, 2014. - Ref.: Ueli Mäder, Till Förster -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Authored book
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