Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa

  • Elizabeth Cooper
  • David Pratten

Part of the Anthropology, Change and Development book series (ACD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ethnographies of Uncertainty in Africa: An Introduction

    1. Elizabeth Cooper, David Pratten
      Pages 1-16
  3. Social Contingencies

  4. Future Visions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-198

About this book


This collection explores the productive potential of uncertainty for people living in Africa as well as for scholars of Africa. Eight ethnographic case studies from across the continent examine how uncertainty is used to negotiate insecurity, create and conduct relationships, and act as a source for imagining the future.


Africa uncertainty anthropology hope insecurity risk contingency fortune chance trust youth social relations social change crisis as context social navigation the future child conflict ethnography pregnancy

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Cooper
    • 1
  • David Pratten
    • 2
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Oxford UniversityUK

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