Catastrophe and Creation / Edition 1

Catastrophe and Creation / Edition 1

by K. Elkholm Friedmann

ISBN-10: 3718651866

ISBN-13: 9783718651863

Pub. Date: 01/01/1991

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.  See more details below


First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Product Details

Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
Studies in Anthropology and History Series, #5
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: World Process and the Production of Culture1
History and explanation2
The study of cultural change4
Culture as interpretation and strategy6
Outline and sources7
Pt. 1Transformation of the Social Order
1The factory system13
From slave to legitimate trader14
A voyage on the Congo18
The factories: their effect on society and environment22
The interregional system of trade34
Kongo society37
Encounter between incompatible systems51
2Catastrophe and creation57
Penetration and colonization60
Destruction of the indigenous order70
A modern clan society82
Pt. 2Personhood and the Dynamics of Culture
3The constitution of the person and the externality of power103
The human being111
Expansion and contraction of nsala116
The significance of the model: on color symbolism and identity119
Colonization and consciousness: experiences of disintegration and imaginary cannibalism124
Life-force--mediated and channeled127
Pt. 3Transformation of the Cultural Order
4From religion to magic139
Power and cosmic hierarchy145
The two spheres of the religious system157
Christianity and the traditionial religion163
Transformations of traditional religion: from cult to medical magic167
Consecration and cults178
5Witchcraft as imaginary cannibalism192
Witchcraft through history194
The cannibalistic activities of the witches213
Legitimate and non-legitimate power217
6Cannibalism and the loss of political power220
19th century cannibalism in the Congo region--evidence and form225
Cannibalism as an expression of power232
Cannibalism and foreign intrusion237
Cannibalism and the loss of power243
Hierarchical mode of thought and externality of power248
Encounter between incompatible systems249
The colonial period250
Culture and class structure252
The loss of power253
Cultural change255

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