Antropolog i powojenna rzeczywistosc wspolczesnej Afryki. Refleksje na temat badan terenowych w poludniowosudanskiej Dzubie
THE ANTHROPOLOGIST AND POST-WAR REALITY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICA. REFLECTIONS ON THE FIELDWORK IN JUBA (SOUTH SUDAN)
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As many long lasting conflicts in Africa have come to an end the continent is developing very rapidly. These processes are mostly seen in urbanized post-war centres. The war past and the modernisation changes are responsible for the specific ephemeral climate of these places. Juba is a “liminal” city, torn between crisis and stabilisation, war and peace, chaos and order. This situation is intensified by spontaneous urbanization processes. Juba is a city in the making; it is also a place where globalisation and trade exchange are very intensive. This article describes the author’s reflections on the anthropological fieldwork in post-war Juba. The liminality has profound impact on the life of the people in the city, including the anthropologist during his fieldwork. The article shows how cultural phenomena characteristic of post-war African cities impact on the anthropologist and his work.
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