From Water to Wine: Becoming Middle Class in Angola

By Jess Auerbach

© 2019

From Water to Wine explores how Angola has changed since the end of its civil war in 2002. Its focus is the middle class – defined in the book as those with a house, a car, and an education – and their consumption, aspirations, and hopes for their families. It is a book that takes as its starting point ‘what is working in Angola?’ rather than ‘what is going wrong?’ and makes a deliberate, political choice to give attention to beauty and happiness in everyday life in a country that has had an unusually troubled history.

The book is uniquely structured: each chapter focuses on one of the five senses (smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight, respectively) with the introduction and conclusion provoking reflection on proprioception (kinesthesia) and empathy respectively. A variety of media are employed – poetry, recipes, photos, comics, and other textual experiments – to engage readers and the senses. Written for a broad audience, this text is an excellent addition to classes on Africa, the Lusophone world, international development, sensory ethnography, and ethnographic writing.

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  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Illustrations: 13
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Part monograph, part methods handbook, and including poetry, photos and other media, this highly original work explores the emergent middle class in Angola through the lens of the senses.

From Water to Wine: Becoming Middle Class in Angola

By Jess Auerbach

© 2019

From Water to Wine explores how Angola has changed since the end of its civil war in 2002. Its focus is the middle class – defined in the book as those with a house, a car, and an education – and their consumption, aspirations, and hopes for their families. It is a book that takes as its starting point ‘what is working in Angola?’ rather than ‘what is going wrong?’ and makes a deliberate, political choice to give attention to beauty and happiness in everyday life in a country that has had an unusually troubled history.

The book is uniquely structured: each chapter focuses on one of the five senses (smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight, respectively) with the introduction and conclusion provoking reflection on proprioception (kinesthesia) and empathy respectively. A variety of media are employed – poetry, recipes, photos, comics, and other textual experiments – to engage readers and the senses. Written for a broad audience, this text is an excellent addition to classes on Africa, the Lusophone world, international development, sensory ethnography, and ethnographic writing.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Illustrations: 13
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Jess Auerbach is a visiting researcher at The Open University of Mauritius.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: [Proprioception] Where Petrol is Cheaper than Water: Life in Jungle Capitalism

    Chapter One: [Smell] The Smell of Success: Perfume, Beauty, Sweat, Oil
    Chapter Two: [Touch]  Touch and the Tactile: The Textures of Scouting in Capitalismo Selvagem
    Chapter Three: [Taste] Changing Tastes: Palates and the Possible
    Chapter Four: [Sound] Music, Fofoca, and the News: sound, space, and orientation
    Chapter Five: [Sight]  National Rebranding  
    Conclusion: [Curiosity] Attending the Beautiful in the Light of What We Know:  Capitalismo Selvagem in Uncertain Times

    Appendixes
    Glossary
    Index

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