Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance The Culture and History of a South African People

ISBN-10: 0226114236

ISBN-13: 9780226114231

Edition: 1985

Authors: Jean Comaroff

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In this sophisticated study of power and resistance, Jean Comaroff analyzes the changing predicament of the Barolong boo Ratshidi, a people on the margins of the South African state. Like others on the fringes of the modern world system, the Tshidi struggle to construct a viable order of signs and practices through which they act upon the forces that engulf them. Their dissenting Churches of Zion have provided an effective medium for reconstructing a sense of history and identity, one that protests the terms of colonial and post-colonial society and culture.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 303
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jean and John L. Comaroff are Professors of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, Fellows ofthe Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, and Honorary Professors at the University of Cape Town. They are editors most recently of Law and Disorder in the Postcolony (University of Chicago Press 2006), and are currently working on a new book, Ethnicity, Inc.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Event History A Chronicle of the Problem
From Event to Structure The Precolonial Sociocultural Order
The Mediation of Structure and Practice Precolonial Cosmology and Ritual
Culture, Consciousness, and Structural Transformation
Alienation and the Kingdom of Zion
Ritual as Historical Practice Mediation in the Neocolonial Context
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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