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Ethnographic Vignettes: Social Change and Social Encounters in Solwezi, Northwestern Zambia

Kesselring, Rita and Hohn, Julia and Martin, Carole and Huber, Monika and Karsko, Anna and Hobi, Anna-Sophie and Kimura, Misato and Oliveira, Deborah and Everwijn, Aurel and Monnier, Michèle and Christen, Anna. (2020) Ethnographic Vignettes: Social Change and Social Encounters in Solwezi, Northwestern Zambia. Basel Papers on Political Transformations, (20/21).

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Abstract

What is social change, and where is it coming from? How can we see it when it happens, and is there ever any moment of time where there is no change? Societies never stagnate, of course, but is there something like accelerated change or the beginning of social change? What are the conditions for it? And how can we not only recognise it when it happens but also relate it to a readership? These questions shaped our discussions during two terms in the seminar rooms of the Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Basel and - albeit in the background - during six weeks of guided field research in Solwezi town in Northwestern Zambia. In this Basel Paper issue, master students in Social Anthropology and African Studies present the results of this enquiry. The issue's contribution is threefold: First, it engages with the question of how to present social change with the help of vignettes, second, it offers a diverse tapestry of insights into a central region of today's capitalist world and, third, it attempts a refine- ment of the ethnographic method of participant observation.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Christen, Anna and Lopes Grilo de Oliveira, Deborah and Martin, Carole and Hobi, Anna-Sophie and Kimura, Misato and Everwijn, Aurel and Huber, Monika and Hohn, Julia and Monnier, Michèle and Karško, Anna and Kesselring, Rita
Item Type:Other
Publisher:Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel
ISBN:977-1664-66810-0
Number of Pages:59
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Other publications
Language:English
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