Social science research in Madagascar: it’s a jungle

The chair of sociology at the University of Antananarivo leans across the table. “I’d really like to talk about Max Weber,” he whispers. As session chair, I weigh my options. I could say “no” and risk a minor academic diplomatic incident. I could feign an apology, claim it is time for the coffee break and hope he doesn’t remind me later. Instead, I do the tactful and (in hindsight) the right thing: “But of… Read more