fieldwork cited here came from a period spent working as an anthropologist for a United Nations East Africa regional office from 2012 to 2015, based in Nairobi with lots of travel to ‘the field’. While the examples reflect a particular set of sociopolitical
Calls for Local Agency and Good Fieldwork in Development Encounters
English abstract: This article traces the evolution of regional integration in East Africa, discussing its nature, scope, triumphs, and challenges. It reviews the Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Common Market (PEEACCM), which develops aspects of free movement policy that were implicit in earlier editions of the EAC regional integration. The article then addresses the several challenges that exist to free movement in the EAC as it endeavors to usher in the larger Southern and East Africa COMESA–EAC–SADC Tripartite Agreement and even wider continental-level coordination. It concludes that a managed migration policy rather than free movement might be more appropriate.
Spanish abstract: Este artículo traza la evolución de la integración regional en África del Este, discutiendo su naturaleza, alcances, triunfos y desafíos. Se revisa el Protocolo para el Establecimiento del Mercado Común de la Comunidad de África del Este (conocido como Protocolo de Mercado Común), el cuál desarrolla aspectos de la política de libre circulación que estaban implícitas en las previas ediciones sucesivas a la integración regional en la Comunidad de África del Este (CAE). Posteriormente, el artículo aborda los diversos desafíos que existen para la libre circulación en la CAE en contraste con los esfuerzos de la misma CAE por ser la vanguardia en el amplio Acuerdo Tripartita COMESA-CAE-SADC, que abarca países del sur y del este de África, y en la coordinación a nivel continental aún más amplia. El autor llega a la conclusión de que una política de gestión de la migración en lugar de libre circulación podría ser más apropiada.
French abstract: Cet article retrace l'évolution de l'intégration régionale en Afrique de l'Est (AE), en discutant de sa nature, de sa portée, des succès et des défis qui se posent à elle. Il examine le Protocole portant sur la création du Marché commun d'Afrique orientale communautaire (PEACCM en anglais), qui développe des aspects de la politique de libre circulation qui étaient implicites dans les éditions précédentes des accords d'intégration de l'AE. L'article aborde ensuite les nombreux défis qui se posent à la libre circulation dans la CAE, comment les CAE s'efforcent également d'inaugurer la plus grande Afrique australe et orientale de l'Accord tripartite COMESA-EAC-SADC et de la coordination encore plus large au niveau continental. Il conclut qu'une politique de gestion des migrations pourrait être plus appropriée que la libre circulation.
Spatial Tropes in the Kinship Narratives of an Extended Family Network in Oman
This study calls for a reintegration of space and relatedness in anthropological theories of social formation. It is based on the examination of spatial tropes in the kinship narratives and discursive practices of an extended Swahili-speaking family network historically located between Oman and coastal East Africa.
African Megaprojects at a Situated Scale
Serena Stein and Marc Kalina
megaprojects, development corridors predate scholarly attempts to describe them, and the corridor form emerging in Southern and East Africa today should be seen within a longer genealogy of spatial development. A reading of historical and geographical
This article responds to Michael Herzfeld's call for anthropologists to develop a new form of 'reflexive comparison' by imaginatively casting the peoples of the African Great Lakes as part of Melanesia. Specifically, it explores how notions of personhood and sociality in this African setting might be understood through interpretative approaches developed in the New Melanesian Ethnography of the 1970s and 1980s. It finds that this sort of thought experiment yields key insights by focusing analytical attention upon concepts of shared vital substances, upon practices intended to control the flow of these substances, and upon the agency of non-human actors (especially cattle) in shaping these processes. An examination of these features suggests new perspectives on a range of ethnographic 'problems', from condom use to Rwanda's ubuhake cattle exchange.
John R. Campbell
This article explores the relation between theory and method in three methodologically innovative studies of rural poverty. The issue is pertinent because the nature of research on poverty has shifted from small-scale qualitative studies to large surveys, and to national-scale studies that combine qualitative and quantitative methods in an effort to inform policy makers on appropriate poverty reduction strategies. The interest in combined methods holds considerable promise for poverty research because it links a search for 'objective' economic concerns to the analysis of 'subjective' and context-specific issues. It is instructive to examine recent studies of poverty that have pursued different theoretical and methodological choices with a view to understand how 'theory' influenced methodological choices, and whether and how such choices influenced their understanding of poverty.
Toward an Ethnography of Education, Religion, and the State
In a major transformation of our times, governmental organizations are increasingly turning to faith-based groups to provide basic public services, including education. Faith-government partnering derives its power symbolically from a higher order than the secular state; the secular world of technical education is metaphorically encircled and uplifted by sacrilized forces. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Tanzania and in the United States, and on analysis of education policy documents and reports, this article argues that faith-based governmental programs operate by a logic of hierarchical encompassment, a logic by which state education discourses of accountability, efficiency, and standards first supercede and transform the ideal of religious-moral education, defining all citizens as equally protected before the law, and then reinstate religious- moral instruction as a higher order value that, in turn, encompasses technically trained citizens through an ethic that values religion, spirituality, and faith in one God.
established in colonial Africa: the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute (RLI), in what is today Zambia, set up by the colonial government there in 1938. Then, ten years later, the East African Institute of Social Research (EAISR, later renamed the Makerere Institute
Secondary Movers on the Fringes of Refugee Mobility in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Jolien Tegenbos and Karen Büscher
trajectories have led them through different refuges and countries across Central-East Africa. More specifically, it (1) discusses the social tensions resulting from the blurring of “voluntary” and “forced” migrant categories in the context of the camp as a
Transport and Infrastructure in the East African Campaign of World War I
This article describes the little-known history of military labor and transport during the East African campaign of World War I. Based on sources from German, Belgian, and British archives and publications, it considers the issue of military transport and supply in the thick of war. Traditional histories of World War I tend to be those of battles, but what follows is a history of roads and footpaths. More than a million Africans served as porters for the troops. Many paid with their lives. The organization of military labor was a huge task for the colonial and military bureaucracies for which they were hardly prepared. However, the need to organize military transport eventually initiated a process of modernization of the colonial state in the Belgian Congo and British East Africa. This process was not without backlash or failure. The Germans lost their well-developed military transport infrastructure during the Allied offensive of 1916. The British and Belgians went to war with the question of transport unresolved. They were unable to recruit enough Africans for military labor, a situation made worse by failures in the supplies by porters of food and medical care. One of the main factors that contributed to the success of German forces was the Allies' failure in the “war of legs.”