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Remotely Global : Village Modernity in West Africa - Charles Piot

Remotely Global

Village Modernity in West Africa

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226669694
Number Of Pages: 226

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At first glance, the remote villages of the Kabre people of northern Togo appear to have all the trappings of a classic "out of the way" African culture--subsistence farming, straw-roofed houses, and rituals to the spirits and ancestors. Arguing that village life is in fact an effect of the modern and the global, Charles Piot suggests that Kabre culture is shaped as much by colonial and postcolonial history as by anything "indigenous" or local. Through analyses of everyday and ceremonial social practices, Piot illustrates the intertwining of modernity with tradition and of the local with the national and global. In a striking example of the appropriation of tradition by the state, Togo's Kabre president regularly flies to the region in his helicopter to witness male initiation ceremonies.
Confounding both anthropological theorizations and the State Department's stereotyped images of African village life, "Remotely Global" aims to rethink Euroamerican theories that fail to come to terms with the fluidity of everyday relations in a society where persons and things are forever in motion.

Note on Kabre Orthography
History: From the Black Atlantic to the Banality of Power
Exchange: Hierarchies of Value in an Economy of Desire
Persons: Engendering Subjects, Spectacular Rituals
Houses: Collapsing Binaries, Ruling Strangers
Community: Spirits, Mimesis, Modernity
Diaspora: Reciprocal Desires, Circulating Stories, Supernatural Contestations
A Kabre Modernity
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ISBN: 9780226669694
ISBN-10: 0226669696
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.4  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33