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Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance

The Culture and History of a South African People

In this sophisticated study of power and resistance, Jean Comaroff analyzes the changing predicament of the Barolong boo Ratshidi, a people on the margins of the South African state. Like others on the fringes of the modern world system, the Tshidi struggle to construct a viable order of signs and practices through which they act upon the forces that engulf them. Their dissenting Churches of Zion have provided an effective medium for reconstructing a sense of history and identity, one that protests the terms of colonial and post-colonial society and culture.

303 pages | 9 halftones, 1 map | 5.875 x 9 | © 1985

African Studies

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

History: African History

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Introduction
2. Event History
A Chronicle of the Problem
3. From Event to Structure
The Precolonial Sociocultural Order
4. The Mediation of Structure and Practice
Precolonial Cosmology and Ritual
5. Culture, Consciousness, and Structural Transformation
6. Alienation and the Kingdom of Zion
7. Ritual as Historical Practice
Mediation in the Neocolonial Context
8. Conclusion

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