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The Art of Association in Senegal: Tocquevillian Analytics in an African Setting

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Gellar, Sheldon
Conference: Institutional Analysis and Development Mini-Conference and TransCoop Meeting
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Conf. Date: December
Date: 2002
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9311
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): Tocqueville, Alexis de
political culture
social change
institutional analysis
Abstract: "Tocqueville underscored the strong connections between political and civil associations. When governments banned political associations and political life, they also discouraged citizens from organizing civil associations. The existence of associations depended on the right to create associations and the willingness of rulers and governments to recognize them. Their patterns of leadership and initiative, however, reflected the kind of society in which they functioned. In Senegal, the problem is not how to foster the art of association among Senegalese, but how the Senegalese can use and adapt their already considerable skills in the art of association to cope with economic scarcity and move forward in the transformation from aristocracy to democracy in such a manner as to preserve their traditional communitarian values."

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