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Oduduwa's Chain - Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic (Paperback): Andrew Apter Oduduwa's Chain - Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic (Paperback)
Andrew Apter
R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Yoruba culture has been a part of the Americas for centuries, brought over by the first slaves and maintained in various forms ever since. In Oduduwa's Chain, Andrew Apter locates that culture, both spatially and analytically, and offers a Yoruba-focused perspective on rethinking African heritage in Black Atlantic Studies. Focusing on Yoruba history and culture in Nigeria, Apter applies a generative model of cultural revision that allows him to identify formative Yoruba influences without resorting to the idea that culture and tradition are fixed. Apter shows how the association of African gods with Catholic saints can be seen as strategy of empowerment, explores historical locations of Yoruba gender ideologies and their manifestation and change in the Atlantic world, and more. He concludes with a rousing call for a return to Africa in studies of the Black Atlantic, resurrecting a critical notion of culture that allows us to go beyond the mirror of Africa that the West invented.

Black Critics and Kings - The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (Paperback, New): Andrew Apter Black Critics and Kings - The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (Paperback, New)
Andrew Apter
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

How can we account for the power of ritual? This is the guiding question of "Black Critics and Kings," which examines how Yoruba forms of ritual and knowledge shape politics, history, and resistance against the state. Focusing on "deep" knowledge in Yoruba cosmology as an interpretive space for configuring difference, Andrew Apter analyzes ritual empowerment as an essentially critical practice, one that revises authoritative discourses of space, time, gender, and sovereignty to promote political---and even violent---change.
Documenting the development of a Yoruba kingdom from its nineteenth-century genesis to Nigeria's 1983 elections and subsequent military coup, Apter identifies the central role of ritual in reconfiguring power relations both internally and in relation to wider political arenas. What emerges is an ethnography of an interpretive vision that has broadened the horizons of local knowledge to embrace Christianity, colonialism, class formation, and the contemporary Nigerian state. In this capacity, Yoruba "orisa" worship remains a critical site of response to hegemonic interventions.
With sustained theoretical argument and empirical rigor, Apter answers critical anthropologists who interrogate the possibility of ethnography. He reveals how an indigenous hermeneutics of power is put into ritual practice---with multiple voices, self-reflexive awareness, and concrete political results. "Black Critics and Kings" eloquently illustrates the ethnographic value of listening to the voice of the other, with implications extending beyond anthropology to engage leading debates in black critical theory.

Oduduwa's Chain - Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic (Hardcover): Andrew Apter Oduduwa's Chain - Locations of Culture in the Yoruba-Atlantic (Hardcover)
Andrew Apter
R2,243 Discovery Miles 22 430 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Yoruba culture has been a part of the Americas for centuries, brought over by the first slaves and maintained in various forms ever since. In Oduduwa's Chain, Andrew Apter locates that culture, both spatially and analytically, and offers a Yoruba-focused perspective on rethinking African heritage in Black Atlantic Studies. Focusing on Yoruba history and culture in Nigeria, Apter applies a generative model of cultural revision that allows him to identify formative Yoruba influences without resorting to the idea that culture and tradition are fixed. Apter shows how the association of African gods with Catholic saints can be seen as strategy of empowerment, explores historical locations of Yoruba gender ideologies and their manifestation and change in the Atlantic world, and more. He concludes with a rousing call for a return to Africa in studies of the Black Atlantic, resurrecting a critical notion of culture that allows us to go beyond the mirror of Africa that the West invented.

Ifa Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance (Hardcover): Jacob K. Olupona, Rowland O Abiodun Ifa Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance (Hardcover)
Jacob K. Olupona, Rowland O Abiodun; Contributions by Adeleke Adeeko, Akintunde Akinyemi, Andrew Apter, …
R2,092 R1,713 Discovery Miles 17 130 Save R379 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This landmark volume compiled by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun brings readers into the diverse world of Ifa-its discourse, ways of thinking, and artistic expression as manifested throughout the Afro-Atlantic. Firmly rooting Ifa within African religious traditions, the essays consider Ifa and Ifa divination from the perspectives of philosophy, performance studies, and cultural studies. They also examine the sacred context, verbal art, and the interpretation of Ifa texts and philosophy. With essays from the most respected scholars in the field, the book makes a substantial contribution toward understanding Ifa and its role in contemporary Yoruba and diaspora cultures.

Modernization as Spectacle in Africa (Paperback): Peter J. Bloom, Stephan F. Miescher, Takyiwaa Manuh Modernization as Spectacle in Africa (Paperback)
Peter J. Bloom, Stephan F. Miescher, Takyiwaa Manuh; Contributions by Percy Hintzen, Andrew Apter, …
R768 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R103 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

For postcolonial Africa, modernization was seen as a necessary outcome of the struggle for independence and as crucial to the success of its newly established states. Since then, the rhetoric of modernization has pervaded policy, culture, and development, lending a kind of political theatricality to nationalist framings of modernization and Africans perceptions of their place in the global economy. These 15 essays address governance, production, and social life; the role of media; and the discourse surrounding large-scale development projects, revealing modernization's deep effects on the expressive culture of Africa."

Modernization as Spectacle in Africa (Hardcover): Peter J. Bloom, Stephan F. Miescher, Takyiwaa Manuh Modernization as Spectacle in Africa (Hardcover)
Peter J. Bloom, Stephan F. Miescher, Takyiwaa Manuh; Contributions by Percy Hintzen, Andrew Apter, …
R1,855 R1,530 Discovery Miles 15 300 Save R325 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

For postcolonial Africa, modernization was seen as a necessary outcome of the struggle for independence and as crucial to the success of its newly established states. Since then, the rhetoric of modernization has pervaded policy, culture, and development, lending a kind of political theatricality to nationalist framings of modernization and Africans perceptions of their place in the global economy. These 15 essays address governance, production, and social life; the role of media; and the discourse surrounding large-scale development projects, revealing modernization's deep effects on the expressive culture of Africa."

The Pan-African Nation - Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (Hardcover, 2nd ed.): Andrew Apter The Pan-African Nation - Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (Hardcover, 2nd ed.)
Andrew Apter
R2,257 Discovery Miles 22 570 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

When Nigeria hosted the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977, it celebrated a global vision of black nationhood and citizenship animated by the exuberance of its recent oil boom. Andrew Apter's "The Pan-African Nation" tells the fascinating story of this cultural extravaganza, from Nigeria's spectacular rebirth as a rapidly developing petro-state to its dramatic demise when the boom went bust.
According to Apter, FESTAC expanded the horizons of blackness in Nigeria to mirror the global circuits of its economy. By showcasing masks, dances, images, and souvenirs from many of its diverse ethnic groups, Nigeria forged a new national culture. In the grandeur of this oil-fed confidence, the nation subsumed all black and African cultures within its empire of cultural signs, and erased its colonial legacies from collective memory. As the oil economy collapsed, however, cultural signs became unstable, contributing to rampant violence and dissimulation.
"The Pan-African Nation "unpacks FESTAC as a historically situated mirror of production in Nigeria. More broadly, it points toward a critique of the political economy of the sign in postcolonial Africa.

The Pan-African Nation - Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (Paperback, 2nd Ed.): Andrew Apter The Pan-African Nation - Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (Paperback, 2nd Ed.)
Andrew Apter
R891 Discovery Miles 8 910 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

When Nigeria hosted the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977, it celebrated a global vision of black nationhood and citizenship animated by the exuberance of its recent oil boom. Andrew Apter's "The Pan-African Nation" tells the fascinating story of this cultural extravaganza, from Nigeria's spectacular rebirth as a rapidly developing petro-state to its dramatic demise when the boom went bust.
According to Apter, FESTAC expanded the horizons of blackness in Nigeria to mirror the global circuits of its economy. By showcasing masks, dances, images, and souvenirs from many of its diverse ethnic groups, Nigeria forged a new national culture. In the grandeur of this oil-fed confidence, the nation subsumed all black and African cultures within its empire of cultural signs, and erased its colonial legacies from collective memory. As the oil economy collapsed, however, cultural signs became unstable, contributing to rampant violence and dissimulation.
"The Pan-African Nation "unpacks FESTAC as a historically situated mirror of production in Nigeria. More broadly, it points toward a critique of the political economy of the sign in postcolonial Africa.

Ifa Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance (Paperback): Jacob K. Olupona, Rowland O Abiodun Ifa Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance (Paperback)
Jacob K. Olupona, Rowland O Abiodun; Contributions by Adeleke Adeeko, Akintunde Akinyemi, Andrew Apter, …
R883 R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Save R121 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This landmark volume compiled by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun brings readers into the diverse world of Ifa-its discourse, ways of thinking, and artistic expression as manifested throughout the Afro-Atlantic. Firmly rooting Ifa within African religious traditions, the essays consider Ifa and Ifa divination from the perspectives of philosophy, performance studies, and cultural studies. They also examine the sacred context, verbal art, and the interpretation of Ifa texts and philosophy. With essays from the most respected scholars in the field, the book makes a substantial contribution toward understanding Ifa and its role in contemporary Yoruba and diaspora cultures.

Activating the Past - History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World (Hardcover, Unabridged edition): Andrew Apter, Lauren Derby Activating the Past - History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World (Hardcover, Unabridged edition)
Andrew Apter, Lauren Derby
R2,128 Discovery Miles 21 280 Out of stock

Activating the Past explores critical historical events and transformations associated with embodied memories in the Black Atlantic world. The assembled case-studies disclose hidden historical references to local and regional encounters with Atlantic modernity, focusing on religious festivals that represent political and economic relationships in "fetishized" forms of power and value. Although memories of the slave trade are rarely acknowledged in West Africa and the Americas, they have retreated, so to speak, within ritual associations as restricted, repressed, even secret histories that are activated during public festivals and through different styles of spirit possession.In West Africa, our focus on selected port cities along the coast extends into the hinterlands, where slave raiding occurred but is poorly documented and rarely acknowledged. In the Caribbean, regional contrasts between coastal and hinterland communities relate figures of the jibaro, the indio and the caboclo to their ritual representations in Santeria, Vodou, and Candomble. Highlighting the spatial association of memories with shrines and the ritual "condensation" of regional geographies, we locate local spirits and domestic terrains within co-extensive Atlantic horizons.The volume brings together leading scholars of the African Diaspora who not only explore these ritual archives for significant echoes of the past, but also illuminate a subaltern historiography embedded within Atlantic cultural systems.

Beyond Words - Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (Paperback, New Ed): Andrew Apter Beyond Words - Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (Paperback, New Ed)
Andrew Apter
R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Out of stock

Even within anthropology, a discipline that strives to overcome misrepresentations of peoples and cultures, colonialist depictions of the so-called Dark Continent run deep. The grand narratives, tribal tropes, distorted images, and "natural" histories that forged the foundations of discourse about Africa remain firmly entrenched. In "Beyond Words," Andrew Apter explores how anthropology can come to terms with the "colonial library" and begin to develop an ethnographic practice that transcends the politics of Africa's imperial past.
The way out of the colonial library, Apter argues, is by listening to critical discourses in Africa that reframe the social and political contexts in which they are embedded. Apter develops a model of critical agency, focusing on a variety of language genres in Africa situated in rituals that transform sociopolitical relations by self-consciously deploying the power of language itself. To break the cycle of Western illusions in discursive constructions of Africa, he shows, we must listen to African voices in ways that are culturally and locally informed. In doing so, Apter brings forth what promises to be a powerful and influential theory in contemporary anthropology.

Beyond Words - Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (Hardcover, New): Andrew Apter Beyond Words - Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (Hardcover, New)
Andrew Apter
R2,385 Discovery Miles 23 850 Out of stock

Even within anthropology, a discipline that strives to overcome misrepresentations of peoples and cultures, colonialist depictions of the so-called Dark Continent run deep. The grand narratives, tribal tropes, distorted images, and "natural" histories that forged the foundations of discourse about Africa remain firmly entrenched. In "Beyond Words," Andrew Apter explores how anthropology can come to terms with the "colonial library" and begin to develop an ethnographic practice that transcends the politics of Africa's imperial past.
The way out of the colonial library, Apter argues, is by listening to critical discourses in Africa that reframe the social and political contexts in which they are embedded. Apter develops a model of critical agency, focusing on a variety of language genres in Africa situated in rituals that transform sociopolitical relations by self-consciously deploying the power of language itself. To break the cycle of Western illusions in discursive constructions of Africa, he shows, we must listen to African voices in ways that are culturally and locally informed. In doing so, Apter brings forth what promises to be a powerful and influential theory in contemporary anthropology.

Black Critics and Kings - The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (Hardcover, New edition): Andrew Apter Black Critics and Kings - The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (Hardcover, New edition)
Andrew Apter
R2,426 Discovery Miles 24 260 Out of stock

How can we account for the power of ritual? This is the guiding question of Black Critics and Kings, which examines how Yoruba forms of ritual and knowledge shape politics, history, and resistance against the state. Focusing on deep knowledge in Yoruba cosmology as an interpretive space for configuring difference, Andrew Apter analyzes ritual empowerment as an essentially critical practice, one that revises authoritative discourses of space, time, gender, and sovereignty to promote political---and even violent---change.
Documenting the development of a Yoruba kingdom from its nineteenth-century genesis to Nigeria's 1983 elections and subsequent military coup, Apter identifies the central role of ritual in reconfiguring power relations both internally and in relation to wider political arenas. What emerges is an ethnography of an interpretive vision that has broadened the horizons of local knowledge to embrace Christianity, colonialism, class formation, and the contemporary Nigerian state. In this capacity, Yoruba orisa worship remains a critical site of response to hegemonic interventions.
With sustained theoretical argument and empirical rigor, Apter answers critical anthropologists who interrogate the possibility of ethnography. He reveals how an indigenous hermeneutics of power is put into ritual practice---with multiple voices, self-reflexive awareness, and concrete political results. Black Critics and Kings eloquently illustrates the ethnographic value of listening to the voice of the other, with implications extending beyond anthropology to engage leading debates in black critical theory.

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