- Affiliation: King’s College
Patrick Chabal is currently Professor in the Department of History at King’s College London. He is French and was educated in France, the USA and Britain. He has worked professionally in the UK as a Research Fellow in Cambridge, where he got his PhD in political science, and has been a Visiting Professor in Italy, France, Switzerland, India, Portugal, Venezuela and South Africa. He is engaged in a long-term project combining the study of culture in comparative politics and an enquiry into the theory of the social sciences. His books include: Africa: the politics of suffering and smiling (2009); Angola: the weight of history (2008); Culture Troubles: politics and the interpretation of meaning (2006); A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa (2002); Africa Works: disorder as political instrument (1999); The Postcolonial Literature of Lusophone Africa (1996); Power in Africa (1992 & 1994); Vozes Moçambicanas: literatura e nacionalidade (1994) and Amílcar Cabral (1983 & 2002)–a number of which have been translated into other European languages.
Books by Patrick Chabal
Western Rationality After Postcolonialism
In this radical new book, Patrick Chabal reveals how the future of the West is now inextricably linked to that of the non-West. The rise of the economic power of China and other Asian countries as well as urgent environmental issues, now force the West to think in new ways about how to best face the future. This is an issue which runs far deeper than present debates on the decline of the West might suggest. The book argues that the postcolonial challenge from regions such as Asia, Africa, Latin… (more information)
The Politics of Suffering and Smiling
The question usually asked about Africa is: ‘why is it going wrong?’ Is the continent still suffering from the ravages of colonialism? Or is it the victim of postcolonial economic exploitation, poor governance and lack of aid? Whatever the answer, increasingly the result is poverty and violence. In Africa: the Politics of Suffering and Smiling Patrick Chabal approaches this question differently by reconsidering the role of theory in African politics. Chabal discusses… (more information)