The modernity bluff newell sasha. The Modernity Bluff: Crime, Consumption, and Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire by Sasha Newell 2019-01-28

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But I disliked reading this exoticization of Ivorian culture; it felt sensationalist and dishonest. It's one of the only perhaps the only? Some were, but many were not and instead established accessible means of gaining street legitimacy among their peers that nonetheless approximated similar patterns of consumption and display. Sasha Newell knows both the contemporary and classic Africanist literatures. Such imitation, however, is not primarily meant to deceive-rather, as the author argues, it is an explicit performance so valued in Côte d'lvoire it has become a matter of national pride. Notwithstanding a few methodological remarks and interesting anecdotes, the author never really harnesses the empirical data of his experiences as a white, American researcher who was, for instance, often perceived as a modern accessory to his Ivoirian friends.

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Further, he might have more deeply engaged the rich political science literature around the issues, such as land tenure struggles on cocoa plantations, the breakdown of the educational system and the bureaucracy as a path to middle-class life, the generalized unemployment crisis which he too readily dismisses. Newell does not discard bluffing as unauthentic. Literally and ideologically, Sorbonne orators and spectators moved themselves and their country from the periphery to the urban and global core. I don't claim to be any more of an expert on Ivorian culture than the author; his experience was his experience. Yet, in my experience, youth everywhere rebel against the chains of ordinary adult life, although most of them ultimately accept their fate as unexceptional cogs in the universe. Most problematic for me was his tendency to sensationalize and exoticize Ivorian culture. I show how entrepreneurialism and consumerism, the two paradigmatic neoliberal identities, have become ways for black men to assert economic participation as alternatives to the producer-provider ideal.

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The Modernity Bluff: Crime, Consumption, and Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire, Newell

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It's one of the only perhaps the only? He seeks to analyze the relations between the bluffer and the audience to show how the bluff intertwines the real and the imaginary. It is solidly researched, theoretically insightful, and beautifully written. Before engaging with the topic of the political conflict, Newell should. I don't doubt that these phenomena exist at some maquis, but I've experienced most maquis as simple outdoor restaurants that serve traditional Ivorian food. Called bluffeurs, these young urban men operate in a system of cultural economy where reputation is essential for financial success.

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Likewise, the author explains the conflicting glamour of elite French culture and Nouchi gangster culture as if these dueling ideals are somehow a conundrum unique to Ivorian youth. I investigate two groups of men: political propagandists orators for former President Laurent Gbagbo and mobile street vendors. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the modernity bluff newell sasha gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. I particularly appreciate the way in which the informants and the author's interactions with them are present in the text. I argue that men engage in a politics of representation that stresses their likeness to icons from the African diaspora. In the contemporary African city informality prohibits peripheral men from achieving manhood, predicated on marriage, which requires steady work.

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Review of The Modernity Bluff: Crime, Consumption, and Citizenship in Côte d'Ivoire by Sasha Newell — Northwestern Scholars

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Banal and common acts of adolescent rebellion are described as if they were somehow special to the Abidjan culture. Using the consumption of Western goods to express their cultural mastery over Western taste, Newell argues, bluffeurs engage a global hierarchy that is profoundly modern, one that values performance over authenticity­—highlighting the counterfeit nature of modernity itself. Sometimes when I read anthropological monographs such as this, I feel that the self-conscious race for sophisticated eloquence takes over and detracts from the potential contibution of the text. In his doctoral research, Joschka compares youth collectives involved in urban protests in Conakry, Guinea and Kampala, Uganda. In Cote d'Ivoire, appearing modern is so important for success that many young men deplete their already meager resources to project an illusion of wealth in a fantastic display of Western imitation, spending far more than they can afford on brand name clothing, accessories, technology, and a robust nightlife. Called bluffeurs, these young urban men operate in a system of cultural economy where reputation is essential for financial success. For example, he insists that wearing authentic brands is requisite to localized performances of modernity.

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As perpetual social juniors they fantasize about an elsewhere to which an ever-porous world exposes them but which stands in stark contrast to their lived experiences. This is basically a book investigating a consequence of colonialism and White supremacy but due to the postmodernist component of post colonial critique is incapable of conducting analysis without leaving White Supremacy clear and not to blame. That reputation is measured by familiarity with and access to the fashionable and expensive, which leads to a paradoxical state of affairs in which the wasting of wealth is essential to its accumulation. English language book in recent years about Ivorian culture, and I just didn't find the author very credible. Called bluffeurs, these young men produce success by pretending it. From his conversations with some disaffected Abidjanais youth who form part of loose gangs, for instance, he draws the conclusion that Ivorian youth feel themselves to be above most common jobs, a conclusion rendered ridiculous by the millions of Ivorian youth working in such jobs throughout Abidjan. .

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Using the consumption of Western goods to express their cultural mastery over Western taste, Newell argues, bluffeurs engage a global hierarchy that is profoundly modern, one that values performance over authenticity - highlighting the counterfeit nature of modernity itself. Some were, but many were not and instead established accessible means of gaining street legitimacy among their peers that nonetheless approximated similar patterns of consumption and display. Banal and common acts of adolescent rebellion are described as if they were somehow special to the Abidjan culture. First and foremost, the author develops a captivating proximity to the people, places, and phenomena under study, which he conveys through detailed anecdotes, extensive and intriguing quotations of his friends and acquaintances in Abidjan, pop song lyrics, Ivoirian cartoons, and expressive photographs. He also brings to bear a considerable amount of specialist theory to explain the ways the performance of 'bluff,' seemingly a kind of consumerist simulacrum, can actually create something out of nothing. Using the consumption of Western goods to express their cultural mastery over Western taste, Newell argues, bluffeurs engage a global hierarchy that is profoundly modern, one that values performance over authenticity­—highlighting the counterfeit nature of modernity itself.

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Mind the inverted commas: in his conclusion, Newell challenges the normative differentiation between the real and the fake and argues that modernity itself is founded on bluffing in the first place. That reputation is measured by familiarity with and access to the fashionable and expensive, which leads to a paradoxical state of affairs in which the wasting of wealth is essential to its accumulation. Before engaging with the topic of the political conflict, Newell should perhaps have spoken to actors directly involved. Persuasively, The Modernity Bluff thus creates a suspicion against itself: could the reader not be duped by a brilliant bluffeur? Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. Male, the images reflect the disproportionately gendered disempowerment that African men experience as a consequence of neoliberal restructuring. Maquis, the outdoor restaurants here, are described as a uniquely Ivorian phenomenon in which prostitution flourishes and flamboyant displays of artificial wealth abound. But I found no such thing—likely because the men I studied disavowed illicit activities and thus lacked the means to purchase such prohibitively expensive goods.

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The Modernity Bluff: book review by Joschka Philipps

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Often surviving through scams and criminal networks, they spend wildly on brand-name clothing, accessories, technology, and nightlife, depleting their resources on an illusion of wealth and Western culture. Because successive colonial and independence regimes in Africa explicitly designated the urban as modern and the nonurban as traditional, scholars of the African city have come to hold a distinct position in ongoing debates around modernity in the postcolony and the crisis thereof. That reputation is measured by familiarity with and access to the fashionable and expensive, which leads to a paradoxical state of affairs in which the wasting of wealth is essential to its accumulation. The E-mail message field is required. Sasha Newell knows both the contemporary and classic Africanist literatures. Joschka Philipps, Centre for African Studies Basel, Switzerland Joschka Philipps is a PhD candidate at the Centre for African Studies Basel, Switzerland.

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Follow Joschka Philipps on Twitter:. Called bluffeurs, these young urban men operate in a system of cultural economy where reputation is essential for financial success. In fact, if culture and modernity are based on bluff, what about anthropology? Black urbanism Simone, 2010 situates this mediated experience of elsewhere, an imagined global conceived simultaneously as a space of creativity, possibility and disillusionment through its linkages with members of the black diaspora glorified through not productive but consumption-oriented identities. In this article I reflect upon my experience as an ethnographer within the informal African city, which I describe as a borderland. This is one of the most stimulating books I have read for a long time. Ultimately, these descriptions killed the credibility of the book for me and I had to put it down about halfway through. And while his cross-referencing between empirical and theoretical observations and between social theory classics and contemporary Africanist writing can be dazzling at times, it never appears heavy or lofty.

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