Of Revelation and Revolution by Jean Comaroff
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Of Revelation and Revolution
By Jean Comaroff

Of Revelation and Revolution

The Dialectics of Modernity on a South African Frontier v.2 2nd

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Of Revelation and Revolution by Jean Comaroff

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In the second of a proposed three-volume study, Jean and John 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, this volume explores the complex transactions - both epic and ordinary - among the people along this colonial frontier. The authors trace many of the major themes of 20th-century South African history back to these formative encounters. The relationship between the British evangelists and the Southern Tswana engendered complex exchanges of goods, signs, and cultural markers that shaped not only African existence but also bourgeois modernity "back home" in England. The book demonstrates how the colonial attempt to "civilize" Africa set in motion a dialectical process that refashioned the everyday lives of all those drawn into its purview, creating hybrid cultural forms and potent global forces which persist in the postcolonial age.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226114446
ISBN-10: 0226114449
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 154mm x 34mm)
Pages: 606
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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