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Comaroff, John L. 1945-

Works: 145 works in 486 publications in 2 languages and 12,726 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Personal narratives  Diaries  Pictorial works  Biography 
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Of revelation and revolution. the dialectics of modernity on a South African frontier by Jean Comaroff( Book )
20 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 679 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
Ethnography and the historical imagination by John L Comaroff( Book )
15 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 644 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
Ethnicity, Inc. by John L Comaroff( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 591 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
Modernity and its malcontents : ritual and power in postcolonial Africa by Modernity and its malcontents( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 526 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 )
24 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and held by 488 libraries worldwide
Theory from the South : or, How Euro-America is evolving toward Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 409 libraries worldwide
Theory from the south -- On personhood : a perspective from Africa -- Liberalism, policulturalism, and ideology : thoughts on citizenship and difference -- Nations with/out borders : the brave neo world and the problem of belonging -- Postcolonial politics and discourses of democracy : an anthropological take on African political modernities -- History on trial : memory, evidence, and the forensic production of the past -- Alien-nation : zombies, immigrants, and millennial capitalism -- Beyond bare life : AIDS, (bio)politics, and the neo world order
Civil society and the political imagination in Africa : critical perspectives ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 403 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 held by 380 libraries worldwide
Mafeking diary : a Black man's view of a white man's war by Sol. T Plaatje( Book )
13 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
Law and disorder in the postcolony by Jean Comaroff( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 348 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 wealth - an order that criminalizes poverty and race, entraps the 'south' in relations of corruption, and displaces politics into the realms of the market, criminal economies, and the courts. As these essays make plain, however, there is another side to postcoloniality: while postcolonies live in states of endemic disorder, many of them fetishize the law, its ways and itsmeans. How is the coincidence of disorder with a fixation on legalities to be explained? Law and Disorder in the Postcolony addresses this question, entering into critical dialogue with such theorists as Benjamin, Agamben, and Bayart. In the process, it also demonstrates how postcolonies have become crucial sites for the production of contemporary theory, not least because they are harbingers of a global future under construction
Millennial capitalism and the culture of neoliberalism by John L Comaroff( Book )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 293 libraries worldwide
The essays in "Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism" pose a series of related questions: How are we to understand capitalism at the millennium? Is it a singular or polythetic creature? What are we to make of the culture of neoliberalism that appears to accompany it, taking on simultaneously local and translocal forms? To what extent does it make sense to describe the contemporary juncture in world history as an "Age of Revolution," one not unlike 1789-1848 in its transformative potential? In exploring the material and cultural dimensions of the Age of Millennial Capitalism, the contributors interrogate the so-called "crisis of nation-state," how the triumph of the free market obscures rising tides of violence and cultures of exclusion, and the growth of new forms of identity politics
The Boer War diary of Sol T. Plaatje; an African at Mafeking by Sol. T Plaatje( Book )
17 editions published between 1973 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 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 )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 262 libraries worldwide
Perspectives on nationalism and war ( Book )
17 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 227 libraries worldwide
"Both liberal and Marxist theories predicted the withering away of nationalism; yet, in the late twentieth century, it has re-emerged as a major touchstone of conflict. While old theories have been discredited by facts, politicians, academics, journalists, and policy practitioners stumble along using outmoded ideas about the politics of identity."--BOOK JACKET. "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 links to war. The authors also delve into the role of shared interests; the history of peoples, elites and states; political imperatives; propaganda; and psychological predispositions."--BOOK JACKET
The Tswana by Isaac Schapera( Book )
19 editions published between 1953 and 2015 in English and held by 178 libraries worldwide
The truth about crime : sovereignty, knowledge, social order by Jean Comaroff( Book )
7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 176 libraries worldwide
In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselves it is by our crimes. Surveying an astonishing range of forms of crime and policing from petty thefts to the multibillion-dollar scams of too-big-to-fail financial institutions to the collateral damage of war they take readers into the disorder of the late modern world. Looking at recent transformations in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance that have led to an era where crime and policing are ever more complicit, they offer a powerful meditation on the new forms of sovereignty, citizenship, class, race, law, and political economy of representation that have arisen. To do so, the Comaroffs draw on their vast knowledge of South Africa, especially, and its struggle to build a democracy founded on the rule of law out of the wreckage of long years of violence and oppression. There they explore everything from the fascination with the supernatural in policing to the extreme measures people take to prevent home invasion, drawing illuminating comparisons to the United States and United Kingdom. Going beyond South Africa, they offer a global criminal anthropology that attests to criminality as the constitutive fact of contemporary life, the vernacular by which politics are conducted, moral panics voiced, and populations ruled
Essays on African marriage in southern Africa ( Book )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
Of revelation and revolution : Christianity, colonialism, and consciousness in South Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
22 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 74 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
Of revelation and revolution by John L Comaroff( Book )
20 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 62 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 relationship between the Briti
The end of anthropology? by John L Comaroff( file )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
Decolonisation, modernisation, globalisation, the crisis of representation, and the 'cultural turn' in neighbouring disciplines have unsettled anthropology to such an extent that the field's foundations, the subjects of its study as well as its methods and concepts, appear to be eroded. It is now time to take stock and either abandon anthropology as a fundamentally untenable or superfluous project, or to set it on more solid foundations. In this volume some of the world's leading anthropologists - including Vincent Crapanzano, Maurice Godelier, Ulf Hannerz and Adam Kuper - do just that. Reflec
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Comaroff, J.L.
Comaroff, J. L. 1945-
Comaroff, J. L. (John Lionel), 1945-
Comaroff, John.
Comaroff, John 1945-
Comaroff, John Ethnologieprofessor, USA 1945-
Comaroff, John L.
Comaroff, John Lionel
Comaroff, John Lionel 1945-
Comaroff, John Lionel Ethnologieprofessor, USA 1945-
John Comaroff antropoloog uit Zuid-Afrika
John Comaroff associate professor, Department of anthropology, University of Chicago
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