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Ethnographies of Public Services in Africa: An Emerging Research Paradigm

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Empirical studies of public services and 'the state at work' has carried out for a long time. They mainly concern the Global North, where they are a focus of the political and administrative sciences and sociology rather than social anthropology. At the same time, however, in recent years, anthropological and ethnographic approaches have gained a special importance in the study of public services in Africa. This chapter talks about what one have learned from the literature, and how it has influenced our perspectives. It describes the emergence of a particular research paradigm in which this book participates. The process involved could also be referred to as the formation of an invisible college of researchers who share important theoretical references and empirical perspectives on public services in Africa. The chapter attempts to localize this emerging paradigm within academic debates and the achievements of social science.

Keywords: Africa; emerging research paradigm; ethnographic approach; public services; social anthropology



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