Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa / Edition 1

Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa / Edition 1

by Charles Piot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226669696

ISBN-13: 9780226669694

Pub. Date: 10/15/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226669694
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
803,888
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Kabre Orthography
1. Introduction
2. History: From the Black Atlantic to the Banality of Power
3. Exchange: Hierarchies of Value in an Economy of Desire
4. Persons: Engendering Subjects, Spectacular Rituals
5. Houses: Collapsing Binaries, Ruling Strangers
6. Community: Spirits, Mimesis, Modernity
7. Diaspora: Reciprocal Desires, Circulating Stories, Supernatural Contestations
8. A Kabre Modernity
Notes
References
Index

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