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

by Jean Comaroff University of Chicago Press
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Pbk 303 pages
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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 IllustrationsPreface1. IntroductionPART ONE2. Event HistoryA Chronicle of the Problem3. From Event to StructureThe Precolonial Sociocultural Order4. The Mediation of Structure and PracticePrecolonial Cosmology and RitualPART TWO5. Culture, Consciousness, and Structural TransformationPART THREE6. Alienation and the Kingdom of Zion7. Ritual as Historical PracticeMediation in the Neocolonial Context8. ConclusionNotes BibliographyIndex