Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought

Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought

by Alma Gottlieb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226305074

ISBN-13: 9780226305073

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this companion volume to Parallel Worlds, Alma Gottlieb explores ideology and social practices among the Beng people of Côte d'Ivoire. Employing symbolic and postmodern perspectives, she highlights the dynamically paired notions of identity and difference, symbolized by the kapok tree planted at the center of every Beng village.

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In this companion volume to Parallel Worlds, Alma Gottlieb explores ideology and social practices among the Beng people of Côte d'Ivoire. Employing symbolic and postmodern perspectives, she highlights the dynamically paired notions of identity and difference, symbolized by the kapok tree planted at the center of every Beng village.

"This book merits a number of readings. . . . An experiment in ethnography that future projects might well emulate." —Clarke K. Speed,
American Anthropologist

"[An] evocative, rich ethnography. . . . Gottlieb does anthropology a real service." —Misty L. Bastian, American Ethnologist

"Richly detailed. . . . This book offers a nuanced descriptive analysis which commands authority." —Elizabeth Tonkin, Man

"Exemplary. . . . Gottlieb's observations on identity and difference are not confined to rituals or other special occasions; rather she shows that these principles emerge with equal force during daily social life."
—Monni Adams, Journal of African Religion

"[An] excellent study." —John McCall, Journal of Folklore
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226305073
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
African Systems of Thought Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. The Beng in the World of Ideas
2. Of Kapoks and the Earth
3. Double Descent as a System of Thought
4. The Marriages of Cousins
5. Hunting Dogs and Laughing Hyenas
6. Commodities
Notes
References
Index

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