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Comaroff, Jean

Works: 105 works in 310 publications in 6 languages and 9,961 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Pictorial works  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Other, ed, Scenarist, Thesis advisor
Classifications: DT764.R65, 303.4824100899639775
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Most widely held works by Jean Comaroff
Body of power, spirit of resistance : the culture and history of a South African people by Jean Comaroff( Book )
18 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and held by 714 libraries worldwide
In this sophisticated study of power and resistance, Jean Comaroff analyzes the changing predicament of the Barolong boo Ratshidi, a people on the margins of the South African state. Like others on the fringes of the modern world system, the Tshidi struggle to construct a viable order of signs and practices through which they act upon the forces that engulf them. Their dissenting Churches of Zion have provided an effective medium for reconstructing a sense of history and identity, one that protests the terms of colonial and post-colonial society and culture
Of revelation and revolution by Jean Comaroff( Book )
27 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 688 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 )
14 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 635 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 )
18 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 572 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 ( Book )
14 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 527 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
Theory from the South : or, How Euro-America is evolving toward Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and German and held by 401 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 )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 394 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."
Law and disorder in the postcolony by Jean Comaroff( Book )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 340 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 )
18 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 312 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 present juncture in world history as an "age of revolution," one not unlike 1789-1848 in its transformative potential?
Picturing a colonial past : the African photographs of Isaac Schapera by Isaac Schapera( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 246 libraries worldwide
Heal the whole man ( visu )
4 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and Multiple languages and held by 74 libraries worldwide
The 'Barolong boo Ratshidi' are one of the group of Tswana peoples, who together form a culturally homogeneous population of over two million. The Barolong themselves number about 75 000 and are one of the southernmost of the Tswana chiefdoms. The international boundary between South Africa and Botswana now divides this formerly united nation into two political communities, the smaller in south-east Botswana and the larger in the northern Cape Province of South Africa where this film was made. After the Union of South Africa was created in 1910 the Barolong were rapidly incorporated into the wider national economy. Soon, most adult males were compelled to enter the migrant labour market and were exposed to the cultural melting pot of the burgeoning industrial cities. Yet, despite rapid change in their social horizons, they were restricted, like other blacks, from any meaningful participation in white urban culture and its political institutions. Not surprisingly cultural change among the Baralong has been markedly uneven and the selective adoption of western forms has been accompanied by a perpetuation of much of their traditional corpus of belief and practice. The cultural diversity is perhaps most dramatically exemplified in the context of ritual and cosmology. The Barolong share the keenness of other black peoples in southern Africa for assimilating elements drawn from the various Christian denominations with which they have made contact. The chiefdom accommodates numerous churches, each comprising a number of individual congregations. Religious organisations here are prone to rapid subdivision, the splinter groups retaining the emphasis upon elaborate ritual and uniform, and upon complicated leadership hierarchies which are found in the parent churches. Leaders in those churches are widely regarded as the educated elite, but while they formally condemn traditional ritual practice, nearly all Barolong continue to conduct their lives in terms of traditional cosmology. Beliefs in sorcery, pollution and ancestral potency flourish, and are expressed in the ritual of most the churches
An excursion into the criminal anthropology of the brave neo South Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
6 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 62 libraries worldwide
Cultural policing in postcolonial South Africa by John L Comaroff( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
Occult economies and the violence of abstraction : notes from the South African postcolony by John L Comaroff( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
"The Max Gluckman memorial lecture, 1998."
Of revelation and revolution by John L Comaroff( Book )
9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Alien-nation : zombies, immigrants, and millennial capitalism by John L Comaroff( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
On personhood : an anthropological perspective from Africa by John L Comaroff( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Zombies et frontières à l'ère néolibérale : le cas de l'Afrique du Sud post-apartheid by Jean Comaroff( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Of revelation and revolution : Christianity, colonialism, and consciousness in South Africa by Jean Comaroff( Book )
7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Criminal justice, cultural justice : the limits of liberalism and the pragmatics of difference in the new South Africa by John L Comaroff( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
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