As nation-states in the Northern Hemisphere experience economic crisis, political corruption and racial tension, it seems as though they might be 'evolving' into the kind of societies normally associated with the 'Global South'. Anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff draw on their long experience of living in Africa to address a range of familiar themes - democracy, national borders, labour and capital and multiculturalism. They consider how we might understand these issues by using theory developed in the Global South. Challenging our ideas about 'developed' and 'developing' nations, Theory from the South provides new insights into key problems of our time.

chapter |49 pages

Theory from the South

chapter |14 pages

On Personhood

A Perspective from Africa

chapter |25 pages

Liberalism, Policulturalism, and ID-ology

Thoughts on Citizenship and Difference

chapter |17 pages

Nations With/Out Borders

The Politics of Being and the Problem of Belonging

chapter |23 pages

Figuring Democracy

An Anthropological Take on African Political Modernities

chapter |20 pages

History On Trial

Memory, Evidence, and the Forensic Production of the Past

chapter |19 pages


Zombies, Immigrants, and Millennial Capitalism

chapter |18 pages

Beyond Bare Life

AIDS, (Bio)Politics, and the Neo World Order