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Anxiety in and about Africa: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches
edited by Andrea Mariko Grant and Yolana Pringle
Ohio University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4728-4 | Paper: 978-0-8214-2436-0
Library of Congress Classification HN773.5
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.096

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How does anxiety impact narratives about African history, culture, and society?


This volume demonstrates the richness of anxiety as an analytical lens within African studies. Contributors call attention to ways of thinking about African spaces—physical, visceral, somatic, and imagined—as well as about time and temporality. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the volume also brings histories of anxiety in colonial settings into conversation with work on the so-called negative emotions in disciplines beyond history. While anxiety has long been acknowledged for its ability to unsettle colonial narratives, to reveal the vulnerability of the colonial enterprise, this volume shows it can equally complicate contemporary narratives, such as those of sustainable development, migration, sexuality, and democracy. These essays therefore highlight the need to take emotions seriously as contemporary realities with particular histories that must be carefully mapped out.



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