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Comaroff, John L. 1945-

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Works: 119 works in 364 publications in 1 language and 10,395 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Personal narratives  Diaries  Pictorial works  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: DT1058.T78, 303.4824100899639775
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Law and disorder in the postcolony by Jean Comaroff( file )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,189 libraries worldwide
Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than other nation-states? The usual answer is yes. In Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, Jean and John Comaroff and a group of respected theorists show that the question is misplaced: that the predicament of postcolonies arises from their place in a world order dominated by new modes of governance, new sorts of empires, new species of wealthan order that criminalizes poverty and race, entraps the |(3z|(Bsouth|(3y |(Bin relations of corruption, and displaces politics into the realms of the market, criminal economies, and the courts. As these essays make
Of revelation and revolution by Jean Comaroff( Book )
23 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 956 libraries worldwide
Of Revelation and Revolution is at once a highly imaginative, richly detailed history of colonialism, Christianity, and consciousness in South Africa, and a theoretically challenging consideration of the most difficult questions posed by the nature of social experience. Although primarily concerned with the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Of Revelation and Revolution also looks forward to the age of apartheid and beyond. Of Revelation and Revolution is a study of the colonization of consciousness and the consciousness of colonization in South Africa. It traces the processes by which Non-conformist Christian missionaries, among the earliest foot soldiers of British colonialism, sought to change the hearts and minds, the signs and practices, of the Southern Tswana. As such, it is a historical anthropology of cultural confrontation--of domination and reaction, struggle and innovation. Its chronological span is approximately a century, between 1820 and 1920, although it is not written according to the strict demands of chronology. But it also casts its eye forward to the present, toward both everyday resistance and historical consciousness in apartheid South Africa. Similarly, while it focuses on a particular people--those made, in the nineteenth century, into an ethnic group called "the" Tswana--its compass extends to the predicament of black South Africans at large
Of revelation and revolution by John L Comaroff( file )
11 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 927 libraries worldwide
In the second of a proposed three-volume study, John and Jean Comaroff continue their exploration of colonial evangelism and modernity in South Africa. Moving beyond the opening moments of the encounter between the British Nonconformist missions and the Southern Tswana peoples, Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume II, explores the complex transactions-both epic and ordinary-among the various dramatis personae along this colonial frontier.The Comaroffs trace many of the major themes of twentieth-century South African history back to these formative encounters. The rel
Of revelation and revolution by Jean Comaroff( file )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 916 libraries worldwide
Of Revelation and Revolution is at once a highly imaginative, richly detailed history of colonialism, Christianity, and consciousness in South Africa, and a theoretically challenging consideration of the most difficult questions posed by the nature of soc
Ethnicity, Inc. by John L Comaroff( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 875 libraries worldwide
In Ethnicity, Inc. anthropologists John L. and Jean Comaroff analyze a new moment in the history of human identity: its rampant commodification. Through a wide-ranging exploration of the changing relationship between culture and the market, they address a pressing question: Wherein lies the future of ethnicity? Their account begins in South Africa, with the incorporation of an ethno-business in venture capital by a group of traditional African chiefs. But their horizons are global: Native American casinos; Scotland's efforts to brand itself; a Zulu ethno-theme park named Shakaland; a world religion declared to be intellectual property; a chiefdom made into a global business by means of its platinum holdings; San 'Bushmen' with patent rights potentially worth millions of dollars; nations acting as commercial enterprises; and the rapid growth of marketing firms that target specific ethnic populations are just some of the diverse examples that fall under the Comaroffs' incisive scrutiny. These phenomena range from the disturbing through the intriguing to the absurd. Through them, the Comaroffs trace the contradictory effects of neoliberalism as it transforms identities and social being across the globe. Ethnicity, Inc. is a penetrating account of the ways in which ethnic populations are remaking themselves in the image of the corporation - while corporations coopt ethnic practices to open up new markets and regimes of consumption. Intellectually rigorous but leavened with wit, this is a powerful, highly original portrayal of a new world being born in a tectonic collision of culture, capitalism, and identity
Millennial capitalism and the culture of neoliberalism by John L Comaroff( file )
21 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 721 libraries worldwide
<DIV>A special issue of PUBLIC CULTURE, this collection of essays forms an empirically grounded, conceptual discussion that posits global millennial capitalism as a historical formation.</div>
Ethnography and the historical imagination by John L Comaroff( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 618 libraries worldwide
Over the years John and Jean Comaroff have broadened the study of culture and society with their reflections on power and meaning. In their work on Africa and colonialism they have explored some of the fundamental questions of social science, delving into the nature of history and human agency, culture and consciousness, ritual and representation. How are human differences, constructed and institutionalized, transformed and (sometimes) effaced, empowered and (sometimes) resisted? How do local cultures articulate with global forms? How is the power of some people over others built, sustained, eroded, and negated? How does the social imagination take shape in novel yet collectively meaningful ways? Addressing' these questions, the essays in this volume--several never before published--work towards an "imaginative sociology," demonstrating the techniques by which social science may capture the contexts that human beings construct and inhabit. In the introduction, the authors offer their most complete statement to date on the nature of historical anthropology. Standing apart from the traditional disciplines of social history and modernist social science, their work is dedicated to discovering how human worlds are made, and signified, forgotten and remade
Modernity and its malcontents : ritual and power in postcolonial Africa ( Book )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 493 libraries worldwide
What role does ritual play in the everyday lives of modern Africans? How are so-called "traditional" cultural forms deployed by people seeking empowerment in a world where "modernity" has failed to deliver on its promises? Some of the essays in Modernity and Its Malcontents address familiar anthropological issues--like witchcraft, myth, and the politics of reproduction--but treat them in fresh ways, situating them amidst the polyphonies of contemporary Africa. Others explore distinctly nontraditional subjects--among them the Nigerian popular press and soul-eating in Niger--in such a way as to confront the conceptual limits of Western social science. Together they demonstrate how ritual may be powerfully mobilized in the making of history, present, and future. Addressing challenges posed by contemporary African realities, the authors subject such concepts as modernity, ritual, power, and history to renewed critical scrutiny. Writing about a variety of phenomena, they are united by a wish to preserve the diversity and historical specificity of local signs and practices, voices and perspectives. Their work makes a substantial and original contribution toward the historical anthropology of Africa
Rules and processes : the cultural logic of dispute in an African context by John L Comaroff( Book )
18 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and held by 478 libraries worldwide
Civil society and the political imagination in Africa : critical perspectives ( Book )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 387 libraries worldwide
The essays in this important new collection explore the diverse, unexpected, and controversial ways in which the idea of civil society has recently entered into populist politics and public debate throughout Africa. In a substantial introduction, anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff offer a critical theoretical analysis of the nature and deployment of the concept - and the current debates surrounding it. Building on this framework, the contributors investigate the "problem" of civil society across their regions of expertise, which cover the continent. Drawing creatively on one another's work, they examine the impact of colonial ideology, postcoloniality, and development practice on discourses of civility, the workings of everyday politics, the construction of new modes of selfhood, and the pursuit of moral community. Incisive and original, the book shows how struggles over civil society in Africa reveal much about larger historical forces in the post-Cold War era. It also makes a strong case for the contribution of historical anthropology to contemporary discourses on the rise of a "new world order."
The Meaning of marriage payments ( Book )
11 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 379 libraries worldwide
Mafeking diary : a Black man's view of a white man's war by Sol. T Plaatje( Book )
6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 342 libraries worldwide
Theory from the South : or, How Euro-America is evolving toward Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 320 libraries worldwide
The Global South has become shorthand for the world of non-European, postcolonial peoples. Synonymous with uncertain development, unorthodox economies, failed states, and nations fraught with corruption, poverty, incivility, and strife, it is that half of the world about which the Global North spins theories. Rarely the Global South is seen as a source of theory and explanation for world historical events. Yet, as many nation-states of the Northern Hemisphere experience increasing fiscal meltdown, state privatization, corruption, ethnic conflict, and other crises, it seems as though they are evolving southward, so to speak, in both positive and problematic ways. Is this so? How? In what measure? Anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff take on these questions, reversing the usual order of things. Drawing on their long experience of living in Africa and teaching in Europe and the U.S., they address a range of familiar themes democracy, law, national borders, labor and capital, religion and the occult, liberalism and multiculturalism with the imagination and agile prose for which they are well known. They ask how we might understand these things anew with theory developed in the South. Their ethnographic eye stresses the salience of the local without losing sight of the large-scale processes in everyday lives that are everywhere enmeshed. This view from the South renders key problems of our time at once strange and familiar, giving an ironic twist to the evolutionary pathways long assumed by social scientists
The Boer War diary of Sol T. Plaatje; an African at Mafeking by Sol. T Plaatje( Book )
14 editions published between 1973 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 288 libraries worldwide
He could not have been in a better position to observe the day-to-day life of the distressed town and tells the story with energy and a gossipy humour that survives even the most desperate stresses. The book is also a portrait of a young African intellectual in an era during which the future of his people are being moulded
Picturing a colonial past : the African photographs of Isaac Schapera by Isaac Schapera( Book )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 257 libraries worldwide
Perspectives on nationalism and war by J Comaroff( Book )
15 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
This volume considers recent studies that move beyond primordialism and its antithesis, social constructivism, to search for new insights to illuminate the nature of nationalism and its link to war. The authors also explore the role of shared interests, the history of peoples, elites and states, political imperatives, propaganda, and psychological predispositions. This combination provides a brillant, new look at nationalism and war-one that delves deeply into ethnic identity and the willingness of people to fight and die for nation-states
The Tswana by Isaac Schapera( Book )
12 editions published between 1953 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 168 libraries worldwide
Essays on African marriage in southern Africa ( Book )
4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
The Mafeking diary of Sol T. Plaatje by Sol. T Plaatje( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
An excursion into the criminal anthropology of the brave neo South Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
 
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Comaroff, J. L.
Comaroff, J. L. 1945-
Comaroff, J. L. (John Lionel), 1945-
Comaroff, John.
Comaroff, John, 1945-
Comaroff, John L.
Comaroff, John Lionel.
Comaroff, John Lionel, 1945-
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