Unmasking the State Making Guinea Modern

ISBN-10: 0226925102

ISBN-13: 9780226925103

Edition: 2013

Authors: Mike McGovern

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This title is an insightful work that constitutes an important contribution to African studies, political and religious anthropology, and the study of iconoclasm. The author weaves an edifying tapestry of the demystification programmes launched by Sékou Touré in the 1960s among Loma-speaking people of Guinea, West Africa.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Mike McGovern is an assistant sports editor and columnist for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times in Reading, PA. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Note on Orthography
The Grammar and Rhetoric of Identity
Competing Cosmopolitanisms
Iconoclasm as a Cosmopolitan Idiom
Uncanny Iconoclasm
Jouissance and the Search for Purity
Ethnogenesis: Two or Three Things I Know about It
Iconoclasm and Ethnogenesis in the Context of Competing Cosmopolitanisms
The Chapters
The Tactics of Mutable Identity
Insecurity, Migration, and Fluidity of Identities
The Koivogui-Kamara Corridor and the Question of Ethnicity
Clanship and Ethnic Mediation
Who Was "Malinke" in 1921?
Living with Violence, Binding Insecurity
Interlude I: Togba's Sword
Autochthony as a Cultural Resource
Autochthony as a Cultural Resource
The Politics of Sacrifice
The Significance of Oaths and Ordeals
The Emergence of Ethnicity
Space, Landscape, and Production: Loma Rice Farming
Land Tenure and Cash Crops
The Logic of Ethnicized Territory
Mise en Valeur and Ethnicity
Mamadi's Story
Portable Identities and the Politics of Religion along the Forest-Savanna Border
Portable Identities
Iconoclastic Precedents
Monotheism and Modernist Anxiety
Northern-Southwestern Mande Links and Their Denial
Revealing and Reshaping the Body Politic
Interlude II: Bonfire
Personae: Demystification and the Mask
Changing Notions of Personhood in Modernist Political Discourse: Personae, Masks, and Mystification
Contradictory Cosmopolitanism: Marxism and the Modern Person
Modernist Anxiety and Double Double Consciousness
Unmasking the State: Making Guinea Modern
Demystification, the Forest Region, and the Guinean Nation
Demystification: An "Inside Job"?
The Cultural Politics of Catching Up: A Comparison
A Convergence of Reasonings
Performing the Self, Performing the Nation
The Aesthetics of Discretion and the State
Aestheticization, Folklorization, Re-presentation
A Sociology of Ambition
Surviving Authoritarianism
Conclusion: Double Double Consciousness in an African Postcolony
The First Legacy: Denigration into Ethnic Solidarity
The Second Legacy: Embattlement into National Solidarity
Violence, Marginality, and Divided Consciousness
List of Kokologiz/zu and their dominant clans, according to Beavogui/Person
Agricultural Production in Giziwulu, 1999
Works Cited
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