Law And The Public Sphere In Africa: La Palabre And Other Writings

Hardcover | December 11, 2013

byJean Godefroy BidimaTranslated byLaura Hengehold

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Jean Godefroy Bidima's La Palabre examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue and open exchange in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. In the wake of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the gacaca courts in Rwanda, Bidima offers a compelling model of how to develop an African public space where dialogue can combat misunderstanding. This volume, which includes other essays on legal processes, cultural diversity, memory, and the internet in Africa, offers English-speaking readers the opportunity to become acquainted with a highly original and important postcolonial thinker.

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Jean Godefroy Bidima's La Palabre examines the traditional African institution of palaver as a way to create dialogue and open exchange in an effort to resolve conflict and promote democracy. In the wake of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the gacaca courts in Rwanda, Bidima offers a compelling model of how to de...

Jean Godefroy Bidima is Yvonne Arnoult Chair of French Studies at Tulane University. He is author of Théorie Critique et Modernité Négro-Africaine.Laura Hengehold is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University. She is author of The Body Problematic: Political Imagination in Kant and Foucault.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 11, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253011248

ISBN - 13:9780253011244

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Table of Contents

Foreword Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Preface to the English Edition Jean Godefroy Bidima

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Speech, Belief, Power Laura Hengehold

La Palabre: The Legal Authority of Speech
1. The Public Space of Palabre
2. A Political Paradigm
3. Convergent Suspicions
4. A Difficult Place in Political Thought

Other Essays

1. Rationalities and Legal Processes in Africa

2. Strategies for "Constructing Belief" in the African Public Space: "The Colonization of the Life-world"

3. African Cultural Diversity in the Media

4. Books between African Memory and Anticipation

5. The Internet and the African Academic World


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Bibliography

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"[Casts] an invigorating light on law, politics, public language and social practice in modern Africa, raising searching questions not only about the heritage of colonialism but about the various postcolonial policies and theories that have aimed to overcome the problems of that heritage." -Africa