The sociology of black Africa: Social dynamics in central by Georges Balandier

By Georges Balandier

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Moreover, the study of social structures, in a context of frequent and rapid change, reveals, and indeed amplifies, the 'approximate' nature of their disposition within the global society. It exposes the contradictions between the various principles of structuration and organization, as well as the gaps that exist between the 'official' view of society and social practice. It is, in fact, this combination of circumstances that enables us to perceive the incompatibilities and discordances, the conflicts of interest, between groups and individuals, and the types of strategy to which they may resort.

Peep in his unconscious, the colonist is bound up with the colonial system, as well as being modified by it, as may often be seen in his feeling of superiority to 'metropolitan Europeans'. Mannoni goes on to show how these two types of personality, colonial and colonized, exert a reciprocal influence upon one another. He suggests that the ways in which they are modified are closely connected with the changes affecting the colonial relationship, thus stressing the reciprocal bond, to which we have frequently referred.

H. Lefebvre, by tracing the 'perspectives of rural sociology', was able to bring out the 'dual complexity' of peasant societies: on the one hand, a 'horizontal complexity' inherent in structures 'of the same historical date', which reveals 'essential differences amounting to hostility'; and, on the other, a 'vertical complexity' which is due to 'the coexistence of formations of different age and date'. - P. 74 By recognizing this multiple complexity, the dynamic study of traditional societies in transition enables us to correct any oversimplified representation of social structures, which are all too often con'sidered merely from the point of view of their 'purity' or 'primitiveness'.

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