8. Conclusion: The Constraints and Possibilities of Democracy

  1. Jennifer Jackson

Published Online: 16 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118306185.ch8

Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar

Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar

How to Cite

Jackson, J. (2012) Conclusion: The Constraints and Possibilities of Democracy, in Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118306185.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118306062

Online ISBN: 9781118306185

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Keywords:

  • civil society;
  • democracy;
  • kabary politika;
  • Madagascar state;
  • political cartooning;
  • political economy

Summary

This conclusory chapter of the book Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Processes in Madagascar, discusses the constraints and possibilities of democracy. The history of state formation in Madagascar involves particular sociopolitical and economic processes that produce different possibilities for democracy. The book explains how local theories and practices of politics constitute the very empirical modalities constituting the state, civil society, the quality of citizenship, and, in turn, democracy. Through the events of kabary and political cartooning, this book shows how democracy is dependent upon what linguistic market has been legitimized ideologically and aesthetically as an authoritatively valuable form of capital. In Madagascar, the political imaginary of democracy is based not only on the here-and-now, but also on the place of the ancestors and the historical accumulation of human agents and interests moving in and out of roles in the postcolonial state and civil society.