Making Modernity Accountable: A Case Study of Youth in Mozambique

Macamo, Elisio. (2010) Making Modernity Accountable: A Case Study of Youth in Mozambique. Cadernos de estudos africanos, H. 18/19. pp. 19-47.

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According to the philosopher Stephen Toulmin there is a standard account of modernity which gives primacy to the written over the oral, the universal over the particular, the general over the local and the timeless over the timely. This paper draws from Toulmin to argue that accounts of modernity in Africa are based on the assumptions of the standard account of modernity to deny modernity to Africa even though these assumptions inhere in actual practices as the analysis of the work of a non‑governmental organization operating in Mozambique seeks to document. The paper will therefore argue that modernity is real and that it shows its reality in the way in which particular social conditions and categories are done, i.e. through meanings, methods, motives and the management of the social relationship which they bring forth.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Afrikastudien (Macamo)
UniBasel Contributors:Macamo, Elisio
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:CEA/ISCTE - IUL
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:03 Jul 2015 08:53
Deposited On:03 Jul 2015 08:53

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