Researching violence and conflict can be challenging for a variety of reasons, including security risks to researchers and informants, restricted or lack of access to informants and field sites, and poor reliability of official data. Traditional methodological approaches may need to be adapted, and new methods may be called for. In addition, such research carries ethical challenges about representation of informants and information and possible use of the research for harmful ends. This book, drawing on research conducted throughout Africa in conflict zones and other insecure environments, considers the everyday dilemmas researchers face. It provides essential contributions to ongoing challenging debates about the use of alternative and mixed methods in social science research.
Researching Violence in Africa
edited by Ulf Engel, University of Leipzig and Manuel João Ramos, University Institute of Lisbon
This volume offers paths for African Studies researchers to understand and explain the various dimensions of African dynamics in a growingly multipolar world.
Lucy Koechlin, University of Basel
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.
Erdmute Alber, University of Bayreuth, Jeannett Martin, University of Bayreuth, Catrien Notermans, Radboud University
Child fostering in West Africa connects classical and new kinship theory and offers ethnographic studies on a mobile and creative kinship practice.
edited by Alessandro Triulzi, Università di Napoli-L’Orientale and Robert McKenzie, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
What does it mean to cross half a continent without documents or rights? The self-told story of African migration.
Ton Dietz, Kjell Havnevik, Mayke Kaag, Terje Oestigaard (eds.)
By taking the emerging multipolarity at the global level as its focus, by highlighting African agency in co-shaping this new world order, and by adopting a historically sensitive approach, this collection aims to analyse African engagements and asks on whose terms these engagements are being built.
Lidwien Kapteijns and Annemiek Richters, eds.
Drawing on the words of African poets, singers, war veterans, and other witnesses and survivors of recent wars in Africa, this book shows how those who experienced the violence of war interpret that violence and shape and come to terms with its consequences.
Edited by Ulf Engel and Paul Nugent
Drawing on the rich contributions from various disciplines to the so-called spatial turn this edited volume offers insights into the way Africa is changing in terms of contested sovereignities and new regimes of territoriality.
Edited by Francesca Locatelli and Paul Nugent
This book examines how the unprecedented expansion of African cities, which are the products of specific histories, poses serious challenges to equitable service provision and raises contentious claims to the ownership and control of urban spaces.
Edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel and Leo de Haan
To stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity beyond immediate socio-economic and political circumstances this book demonstrates that societies in Africa have always showed the ability to negotiate whatever constraining ecological, economic and political circumstances they faced.
Edited by Patrick Chabal, Ulf Engel and Anna-Maria Gentili
This volume brings together a wide range of international experts to analyse the causes of violent conflict in Africa, to review the various approaches to conflict prevention and conflict resolution and to discuss some of the practical difficulties in ending violence.
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