Marxist Modern / Edition 1

Marxist Modern / Edition 1

by Donald L. Donham, Thomas Leiper Kane Collection (Library o, Thomas Leiper Kane Collection (Library O
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520213297

ISBN-13: 9780520213296

Pub. Date: 06/01/1999

Publisher: University of California Press

Modernity has become a keyword in a number of recent intellectual discussions.
In this book, Donald L. Donham shows that similar debates have long occurred, particularly among peoples located on the margins of world power and wealth. Based on extensive fieldwork in Ethiopia—conducted over a twenty-year period—Marxist Modern provides a cultural

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Modernity has become a keyword in a number of recent intellectual discussions.
In this book, Donald L. Donham shows that similar debates have long occurred, particularly among peoples located on the margins of world power and wealth. Based on extensive fieldwork in Ethiopia—conducted over a twenty-year period—Marxist Modern provides a cultural history of the Ethiopian revolution that highlights the role of modernist ideas.

Moving between the capital, Addis Ababa, and Maale, the home of a small ethnic group in the south, Donham constructs a narrative of upheaval and change, presenting local people's understandings of events, as these echoed with and appropriated stories of other world revolutions. With the help of poststructuralist insights and theories of narrative, Donham locates a recurrent dialectic between modernist Marxism, local Maale traditionalisms, and antimodernist, evangelical Christianity. One of the most consequential outcomes of this interaction—until the late 1980s—was the creation of a more powerful state, one that penetrated peasant communities ever more deeply and pervasively.

Combining sophisticated theory with fascinating ethnographic detail, this study contributes to the theory of revolution as well as the study of modernity.
In doing so, it seeks to integrate ethnography and history in a new way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520213296
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Orientations: On Jazz, Modernity, and Ethnographic History
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Genealogies of the Modern and the Anti-Modern1
1The Metanarrative of Modernity in Ethiopia: 197413
2Revolution within a Revolution: Divine Kings and Zemecha Students in Maale36
3Revolution as a Return to Tradition in Maale59
4The Dialectic of Modernity in a North American Christian Mission82
5The Cultural Construction of Conversion in Maale102
6Marxist Modernism at the Ethiopian Center: Cold War Deterritorializations122
7The Revolutionary State at the Grass Roots: Modernist Institutions in Maale during the 1980s151
Afterword / Afterward177
Notes185
Bibliography217
Index229

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