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4. Betterment Versus Complicity: Struggling with Patron–Client Logics in Sierra Leone

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Abstract

Patron–client logics have long provided a crucial lens for the analysis and interpretation of sociopolitical imagination and agency in the Upper Guinea Coast and even in Sub-Sahara Africa in general. However, this lens also comes with limitations: as long as one expects patron–client relations, there is a good chance that one will (only) find relations that fit the patron–client picture. Menzel’s chapter explores a different perspective. Based on field research in southern Sierra Leone, she provides examples from interviews in which her informants not only voiced frustrations over a lack of “good” patronage but also hinted at more fundamental struggles. These examples indicate a contradiction between working toward individual/societal betterment and complicity in patron–client logics, which cement an undesirable status quo.

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Metadaten
Titel
Betterment Versus Complicity: Struggling with Patron–Client Logics in Sierra Leone
verfasst von
Anne Menzel
Copyright-Jahr
2017
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95013-3_4