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The Best Hand is the Hand That Always Gives - Griotes and Their Profession in Eastern Gambia (Hardcover) Loot Price: R963 Discovery Miles 9 630
The Best Hand is the Hand That Always Gives - Griotes and Their Profession in Eastern Gambia (Hardcover): M. Jason
The Best Hand is the Hand That Always Gives - Griotes and Their Profession in Eastern Gambia (Hardcover): M. Jason

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The Best Hand is the Hand That Always Gives - Griotes and Their Profession in Eastern Gambia (Hardcover)

M. Jason

Series: CNWS Publications, No. 118

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Griottes (female bards) are a striking feature of Mandinka culture. They can be recognized by their flamboyant style of dressing and their sharp voices. Nevertheless, griottes have largely been neglected in scientific literature, while ample attention has been paid to griots (male bards). This book tries to fill the gap. Marloes Janson lived with the griottes from a Mandinka community in eastern Gambia for more than a year and was trained by them as an apprentice. From this perspective she describes the daily life and concerns of the griottes, their skills, their techniques for learning the profession, their means of subsistence, their relationships with the griots and their patrons. The main activity of griottes is daaniroo. When they set out for daaniroo, they praise their patrons, and in return they are rewarded with money or goods. This book shows that daaniroo is a highly controversial practice. It is sometimes considered a new development, while at the same time it fits in with the bardic tradition. Some patrons disapprove of daaniroo, yet they are dependent on it to have their prestige confirmed. Several Koranic scholars regard daaniroo as conflicting with Islam, while the griottes do their best to embed their activities in an Islamic discourse. By studying the gendered practice of daaniroo, the dynamics of female 'griotism' are demonstrated. (In English, 322 pp. incl. bibl.& index) 'A very fine achievement that gives scholars of Africa, performance, and gender much richness to build on.' - Caroline Bledsoe in: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 11, no. 4, Dec. 2005, pp.874-875.

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Imprint: Leiden University Press
Country of origin: Netherlands
Series: CNWS Publications, No. 118
Release date: December 2013
Authors: M. Jason
Dimensions: 161 x 238mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 321
ISBN-13: 978-90-5789-080-2
Barcode: 9789057890802
Categories: Promotions
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Gender studies > Women's studies > General
LSN: 90-5789-080-1

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