Colonial transactions : imaginaries, bodies, and histories in Gabon / Florence Bernault.
Bernault, Florence author.
|Format||Book and Print|
|Publication Info||Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.|
|Description||xi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
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|Series||Theory in forms
Theory in forms. ^A1379235
|Contents||A siren, an empty shrine, and a photograph -- Charms and their double lives -- Carnal fetishism -- The value of people -- Cannibal mirrors -- Eating.|
|Summary||In 'Colonial Transactions' Florence Bernault moves beyond the racial divide that dominates colonial studies of Africa. Instead, she illuminates the strange and frightening imaginaries that colonizers and colonized shared on the ground. Bernault looks at Gabon from the late nineteenth century to the present, historicizing the most vivid imaginations and modes of power in Africa today: French obsessions with cannibals, the emergence of vampires and witches in the Gabonese imaginary, and the use of human organs for fetishes. Struggling over objects, bodies, agency, and values, colonizers and colonized entered relations that are better conceptualized as "transactions." Together they also shared an awareness of how the colonial situation broke down moral orders and forced people to use the evil side of power. This foreshadowed the ways in which people exercise agency in contemporary Africa, as well as the proliferation of magical fears and witchcraft anxieties in present-day Gabon. Overturning theories of colonial and postcolonial nativism, this book is essential reading for historians and anthropologists of witchcraft, power, value, and the body.|
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|Issued in other form||Online version: Bernault, Florence, author. Colonial transactions Durham : Duke University Press, 2019 9781478002666|
|ISBN||9781478001232 hardcover ; alkaline paper|
|ISBN||1478001232 hardcover ; alkaline paper|
|ISBN||1478001585 paperback ; alkaline paper|
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