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Title:Modernity and Its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa
Editors:Comaroff, JeanISNI
Comaroff, JohnISNI
Year:1993
Pages:233
Language:English
City:Chicago, IL
Publisher:The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:0226114392; 0226114406
Geographic terms:Niger
Nigeria
Zambia
Malawi
Africa
Subjects:1990
magic
power
rites of passage
conference papers (form)
Cultural Roles
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:This collective volume on ritual and power in postcolonial Africa originated from a conference held at the University of Chicago in 1990. The first part, '(Re)visions of power, ritual (trans)formations', contains the following contributions: Narratives of power, images of wealth: the ritual economy of 'bori' in the market, by Adeline Masquelier (on Niger); Chewa visions and revisions of power: transformations of the Nyau dance in central Malawi, by Deborah Kaspin; Government by seduction: history and the tropes of 'mounting' in Oyo-Yoruba religion, by J. Lorand Matory (on Nigeria). Part two, 'Moral economics, modern politics, mystical struggles', contains the following contributions: The moral economy of witchcraft: an essay in comparative history, by Ralph A. Austen; Atinga revisited: Yoruba witchcraft and the cocoa economy, 1950-1951, by Andrew Apter; 'Bloodhounds who have no friends': witchcraft and locality in the Nigerian popular press, by Misty L. Bastian; 'Open the wombs!': the symbolic politics of modern Ngoni witchfinding, by Mark Auslander (on Zambia); Black stomachs, beautiful stones: soul-eating among Hausa in Niger, by Pamela G. Schmoll.
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