Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226114231 Published June 1985
E-book $7.00 to $27.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226160986 Published November 2013

Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance

The Culture and History of a South African People

Jean Comaroff

Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance
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Jean Comaroff

303 pages | 9 halftones, 1 map | © 1985
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226114231 Published June 1985
E-book $7.00 to $27.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226160986 Published November 2013
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.
Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface
1. Introduction
PART ONE
2. Event History
A Chronicle of the Problem
3. From Event to Structure
The Precolonial Sociocultural Order
4. The Mediation of Structure and Practice
Precolonial Cosmology and Ritual
PART TWO
5. Culture, Consciousness, and Structural Transformation
PART THREE
6. Alienation and the Kingdom of Zion
7. Ritual as Historical Practice
Mediation in the Neocolonial Context
8. Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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