STS in Africa

Vally, Natasha Thandiwe. 2016. “Insecurity in South African Social Security: An Examination of Social Grant Deductions, Cancellations, and Waiting.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42 (5): 965–82.

Abstract: "In 2012, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) contracted a private company, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), to design a standardised national social assistance payment and registration system. The national card-based biometric enrolment and payment system was advanced as a...Read more

Breckenridge, Keith. 2018. “What Happened to the Theory of African Capitalism?” Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.

AO: This 2018 seminar paper given by Keith Breckenridge at WITS looks at the reasons for the consistent disinterest in African economics that runs through the four styles of comparative political economy that the journal Economy & Society – the most important forum for comparative...Read more

Tichenor, Marlee. 2017. “Data Performativity, Performing Health Work: Malaria and Labor in Senegal.” Medical Anthropology 36 (5): 436–48.

AO: In this 2017 paper by Marlee Tichenor, she uses the concept of data performativity to examine the ways that the data production incorporated into the local fight against malaria in Senegal is conditioned by preconceived ideas of the public health problem of malaria and how these ways to...Read more

Poon, Linda. 2015. “Can A New Ban On Witchcraft Protect The Albinos Of Tanzania?” NPR.Org.

AO: This 2015 article in NPR's Goats and Soda series includes quotes by Stacey Langwick and exemplifies how the work of STS scholars' travels beyond the university. Langwick notes: "The term [witch doctor] is a broad, misleading — and somewhat condescending — way to refer to traditional...Read more

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