Risk in Africa : multi-disciplinary empirical approaches

Macamo, Elisio and Bloemertz, Lena and Doevenspeck, Martin and Müller-Mahn, Detlef, eds. (2012) Risk in Africa : multi-disciplinary empirical approaches. Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, 51. Berlin.

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Through a range of varied articles this book explores the changing nature of risk in contemporary African societies. It provides a valuable addition to current debate on the concept of risk which has traditionally been skewed in favour of European historical experience. The articles illustrate that technological hazards, pollution and climate change as well as the introduction of new forms of insurance and the restructuring of civil society are just some of the recent developments that invite us to be sceptical of prevailing notions of risk in the African context. The reader is encouraged to move away from focusing on the vulnerability of Africa as a pre-modern society to consider more localised and contemporary perspectives of risk. In exploring new ways of conceptualising risk in Africa the book addresses the challenge of making theoretical and methodological advances in risk research relevant to understanding the processes of social change on the continent.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Afrikastudien (Macamo)
UniBasel Contributors:Macamo, Elisio
Item Type:Book
Book Subtype:Edited Book
Publisher:LIT Verlag
Number of Pages:275
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Edited book
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