Performing Indigeneity

Spectacles of Culture and Identity in Coloniality

Morgan Ndlovu

Performing Indigeneity

Morgan Ndlovu

Distributed for Pluto Press

208 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745338590 Published April 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Morgan Ndlovu offers here a powerful critique of the agency of colonized subjects as exercised under coloniality. Eschewing abstract theory, he takes a ‘bottom up’ approach to theorizing the agency of indigenous people. Through analysis of the experiences of the performance of indigeneity and the staged representations of commodified culture in South Africa, he recognizes the efforts of the colonized subjects and the conditions under which they survive while also cautioning against choices and actions that may aggravate their conditions. Performing Indigeneity provides an insightful evaluation of what could constitute an ‘authentic’ indigenous agency among the colonial subalterns in India, Australia, Canada, Africa, and the Americas.
 
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Finex Ndhlovu, Associate Professor of Language in Society, University of New England, Australia

“A magisterial study that draws our attention to the dark side of colonial imaginaries of indigeneity and cultural tourism in the post-colony. Ndlovu is profound and prosaic, this book joins the ranks of contemporary voices from the Global South that can only be ignored at our own peril.”

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