Anthropology | Temporalities, Politics and Cultural Formation in Africa
E600 | 25428 | Stoeltje


TEMPORALITIES, POLITIES AND CULTURAL FORMATION IN AFRICA

The seminar will look critically at how definitions of temporality are
constructed, their contradictions and consequences, in terms of
sociocultural contexts, political regimes, and everyday life in
AFrica.  Cultural formations, legal systems, popular culture,
religious figures and other features of social and political life have
been located within time frames such as historical eras, epistemes,
moments of formation, or concepts that imply continuity over time such
as life cycle, reproduction or regeneration. Labeled as modernity, the
postcolonial, precapitalist, postsocialist, neo-liberal and others,
these concepts integrate political systems with time frames and
incorporate the experience of everyday life through popular forms of
expression, cosmologies, marriage and other widespread social practices.

The course will take an analytical approach to studies of social
practices and beliefs and their use of time frames on such topics as
popular theatre in neo-liberal Ghana, popular Muslim saints and social
reproduction, governmentality and customary law, AIDS and witchcraft
in  post-apartheid South Africa, media documentaries in socialist
AFrican societies.
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Textbooks:  Brad Weiss, ed.  PRODUCING AFRICAN FUTURES:RITUAL AND
REPRODUCTION IN A NEOLIBERAL AGE.  Brill.2004.

Selected readings from eds. Veena  Das and Deborah Poole, ANTHROPOLOGY
IN THE MARGINS OF THE STATE.  SAR Press/Oxford. 2004.

Selections from John Mensah Sarbah,  FANTI CUSTOMARY LAWS.  [1897];
A.A.Y. Kyerematen, selected works, R.S. Rattray, selected works.

Selections from Bradford Morse and Gordon Woodman, eds. INDIGENOUS LAW
AND THE STATE.

Others.....