Society

The Pastor as Sexual Object

As Pentecostal pastors in a number of African countries increasingly occupy the spotlight as authorities on economic, political, and cultural matters,  Ebenezer Obadare explores how these individuals are also becoming the center of an erotic economy.

At the core of my ongoing study of Pentecostal pastors and changing forms of authority in Africa are two related premises.

First, due to a […]

March 27th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Providing biometric data as a means of identification is supposed to drastically reduce fraud and identity theft, however, many are unaware that there are a number of potential dangers for users of this technology, finds Marc Davies.

Fingerprints are among our most intimate markers of identity and we are told that no two are alike. But we can lose control over how […]

March 22nd, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria by Ebenezer Obadare

Book Review: Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria by Ebenezer Obadare

Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria is a rich and highly readable meditation on overlooked aspects of public life in Nigeria, says LSE’s Portia Roelofs.
 

In Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria Ebenezer Obadare, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, argues that “real civil society has to be sought … outside the professionalised third sector, and often […]

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    Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends this book to anyone wanting an introduction to the major themes in Burundian politics and history, or an overview of the kinds of organisations involved in conflict resolution, democracy building and development.

To say that Burundi is ignored in the fields of development, political science, and other endeavours focused on Africa is to state the obvious. […]

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    How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

Andrew Rogers’ Being Built Together project found 240 black majority churches in Southwark, south London, the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa, it is believed. Here Rogers looks at how this relates to the broader picture of church growth and decline in the UK, finding that urban religious landscapes have changed dramatically over recent […]

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    Virtuous citizens: Pentecostal social activism in an age of suspicion

Virtuous citizens: Pentecostal social activism in an age of suspicion

Through social activism Nigerian Pentecostals in London are carving out a space in society and making a claim for public recognition says Simon Coleman.

Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.

Migration is probably always a combination of opportunity and threat—for both migrants and members of host societies. Things aren’t made much […]

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    Photo Essay: #LearnFromAfrica: Can’t Find Indigenous African Management? – Look in the Informal Economy

Photo Essay: #LearnFromAfrica: Can’t Find Indigenous African Management? – Look in the Informal Economy

Terence Jackson looks at why the informal economy is a good starting point for those wishing to understand African management practice.

There is a huge gap in the International Management literature: Africa. There is even a bigger gap within this literature: the informal economy. Okay, so a small number of management scholars are studying Africa. But what are their conclusions […]

January 30th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Conference Report – The middle class in Africa: comparative perspectives and lived experiences

Conference Report – The middle class in Africa: comparative perspectives and lived experiences

Claire Mercer, Deborah James and Charlotte Lemanski report on the recent ASA-UK conference which explored some of the diverse research being done on the middle on the African continent.

Paradoxically, while in Europe and America the old middle class is declining, in the Global South its newer incarnation is on the rise. Interest in the ‘African middle classes’ as an […]

January 23rd, 2017|Featured, Society|1 Comment|

How Zimbabwe Can Embrace The Future Of Work

Local contexts must be given as much prominence as global in the debate about the future of work, argues LSE’s McDonald Lewanika.

The future of work is at the centre of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) centenary conversations for 2019 when it turns 100. This multi-sector global debate focuses on four conversations: work and society; decent jobs; organisation of work […]

January 9th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Welcome to our look back to our most popular book reviews of 2016.

Book Review – Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi Edited by Gérard Prunier and Éloi Ficquet – An impressive volume, one which contains a wealth of information on the historical, cultural and religious underpinnings of the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, […]

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