Acknowledgments
The essays in this volume were written at various times over the
course of the last decade.They treat a range of subjects, and each
canbereadonitsown,asanindependentessay.Buttheyconverge
oncertainbroadthemesandtogetheramounttoasinglebook-long
argumentforacertainperspectiveonanthropologyand‘‘Africa.’’I
have,forthemostpart,lefttheseveralpreviouslypublishedessays
in the form in which they originally appeared, in recognition of
thewayeach responded to a particular set of circumstances in the
world and reflected a certain waypoint in the development of my
own ideas. I have, however, tried to correct anyerrors and to up-
date references,where appropriate.
Apartfromtheintroductionandchapter1,whichintroducethe
volume,thechaptersappearintheordertheywereoriginallywrit-
ten.Chapter2,‘‘ParadoxesofSovereigntyandIndependence,’’was
published in Siting Culture, edited by Karen Fog Olwig (Rout-
ledge, 1996). Chapter 3, ‘‘De-moralizing Economies,’’ was origi-
nally published (in a shorter form) in Moralizing States, edited
by Sally Falk Moore (aes Monograph Series, 1993). Chapter 4,
‘‘TransnationalTopographiesofPower,’’waspublishedinaslightly
different version (and with a slightlydifferent title) in A Compan-
ion to the Anthropology of Politics,editedbyDavidNugentandJoan
Vincent (Blackwell, 2004). Chapter 5, ‘‘Chrysalis,’’ appeared (in
an abridged version) in Global Networks (3, no. 3 [2003]: 271–98).
Chapter 6, ‘‘Of Mimicry and Membership,’’ appeared in Cultural
Anthropology (17, no. 4 [2002]: 551–69). Chapters 7 and 8, along
withtheintroductionandchapter1,havenotappearedpreviously.
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