Catastrophe and Creation / Edition 1

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

  • ISBN-13: 9783718651863
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Series: Studies in Anthropology and History Series, #5
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • 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 Culture 1
History and explanation 2
The study of cultural change 4
Culture as interpretation and strategy 6
Outline and sources 7
Pt. 1 Transformation of the Social Order
1 The factory system 13
From slave to legitimate trader 14
A voyage on the Congo 18
The factories: their effect on society and environment 22
The interregional system of trade 34
Kongo society 37
Encounter between incompatible systems 51
2 Catastrophe and creation 57
Penetration and colonization 60
Destruction of the indigenous order 70
A modern clan society 82
Pt. 2 Personhood and the Dynamics of Culture
3 The constitution of the person and the externality of power 103
The human being 111
Expansion and contraction of nsala 116
The significance of the model: on color symbolism and identity 119
Colonization and consciousness: experiences of disintegration and imaginary cannibalism 124
Life-force--mediated and channeled 127
Pt. 3 Transformation of the Cultural Order
4 From religion to magic 139
Power and cosmic hierarchy 145
The two spheres of the religious system 157
Christianity and the traditionial religion 163
Transformations of traditional religion: from cult to medical magic 167
Consecration and cults 178
5 Witchcraft as imaginary cannibalism 192
Witchcraft through history 194
The cannibalistic activities of the witches 213
Legitimate and non-legitimate power 217
6 Cannibalism and the loss of political power 220
19th century cannibalism in the Congo region--evidence and form 225
Cannibalism as an expression of power 232
Cannibalism and foreign intrusion 237
Cannibalism and the loss of power 243
Conclusion 247
Hierarchical mode of thought and externality of power 248
Encounter between incompatible systems 249
The colonial period 250
Culture and class structure 252
The loss of power 253
Cultural change 255
Bibliography 256
Index 269
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