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Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance : The Culture and History of a South African People - Jean Comaroff

Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance

The Culture and History of a South African People

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Published: 1st January 1985
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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.

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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ISBN: 9780226114231
ISBN-10: 0226114236
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st January 1985
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42