Marxist Modern An Ethnographic History of the Ethiopian Revolution

ISBN-10: 0520213297

ISBN-13: 9780520213296

Edition: 1999

Authors: Donald L. Donham

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Modernity has become a keyword in a number of recent intellectual discussions. In this book, Donald L. Donham shows that similar debates have long occurred, particularly among peoples located on the margins of world power and wealth. Based on extensive fieldwork in Ethiopia--conducted over a twenty-year period--Marxist Modernprovides a cultural history of the Ethiopian revolution that highlights the role of modernist ideas. Moving between the capital, Addis Ababa, and Maale, the home of a small ethnic group in the south, Donham constructs a narrative of upheaval and change, presenting local people's understandings of events, as these echoed with and appropriated stories of other world revolutions. With the help of poststructuralist insights and theories of narrative, Donham locates a recurrent dialectic between modernist Marxism, local Maale traditionalisms, and antimodernist, evangelical Christianity. One of the most consequential outcomes of this interaction--until the late 1980s--was the creation of a more powerful state, one that penetrated peasant communities ever more deeply and pervasively. Combining sophisticated theory with fascinating ethnographic detail, this study contributes to the theory of revolution as well as the study of modernity. In doing so, it seeks to integrate ethnography and history in a new way.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Orientations: On Jazz, Modernity, and Ethnographic History
Introduction: Genealogies of the Modern and the Anti-Modern
The Metanarrative of Modernity in Ethiopia: 1974
Revolution within a Revolution: Divine Kings and Zemecha Students in Maale
Revolution as a Return to Tradition in Maale
The Dialectic of Modernity in a North American Christian Mission
The Cultural Construction of Conversion in Maale
Marxist Modernism at the Ethiopian Center: Cold War Deterritorializations
The Revolutionary State at the Grass Roots: Modernist Institutions in Maale during the 1980s
Afterword / Afterward
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