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Of revelation and revolution. Vol. 2, The dialectics of modernity on a South African frontier

Author: Jean Comaroff; John L Comaroff
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Comaroff; John L Comaroff
ISBN: 0226114430 9780226114439 0226114449 9780226114446 0226114414 9780226114415 0226114422 9780226114422
OCLC Number: 60155921
Description: xxiii, 588 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, 1 plan, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Vol. 1. Christianity, colonialism and consciousness in South Africa. 1. Introduction --
2. British beginnings: spirits of an age, signs of the times --
3. Africa observed: discourses of the imperial imagination --
4. African worlds: economy, culture, and society, circa 1800-1830 --
5. Through the looking glass: heroic journeys, first encounters --
6. Conversion and conversation: narrative, form, and consciousness --
7. Secular power, sacred authority: the politics of mission --
8. Conclusion. Vol. 2. Dialectics of Modernity on a South African Frontier. 1. Introduction --
2. Preachers and Prophets: The Domestication of the Sacred Word --
3. Cultivation, Colonialism, and Christianity: Toward a New African Genesis --
4. Currencies of Conversion: Of Markets, Money, and Value --
5. Fashioning the Colonial Subject: The Empire's Old Clothes --
6. Mansions of the Lord: Architecture, Interiority, Domesticity --
7. The Medicine of God's Word: Saving the Soul by Tending the Flesh --
8. New Persons, Old Subjects: Rights, Identities, Moral Communities --
9. Conclusion --
Responsibility: John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff.


The second in a three-volume study, this volume explores colonial evangelism and modernity in South Africa. It shows how the relationship between the British evangelists and the Southern Tswana  Read more...


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