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Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa
‘The Global South’ has become a shorthand for the world of non-European, postcolonial peoples. Synonymous with uncertain development, unorthodox economies, failed states, and nations fraught with… Expand
Ethnography and the Historical Imagination.
Theory, Ethnography, Historiography * Ethnography and the Historical Imagination * Of Totemism and Ethnicity * Bodily Reform as Historical Practice Dialectical Systems, Imaginative Sociologies * The… Expand
Of Revelation and Revolution, Volume 1: Christianity, Colonialism, and Consciousness in South Africa
Occult economies and the violence of abstraction: notes from the South African postcolony
Postcolonial South Africa, like other postrevolutionary societies, appears to have witnessed a dramatic rise in occult economies: in the deployment, real or imagined, of magical means for material… Expand
Of Revelation and Revolution: Christianity, Colonialism, and Consciousness in South Africa, Volume 1.
Rules and Processes: The Cultural Logic of Dispute in an African Context
"Rules and Processes" is at once a compelling essay in social theory and a pathbreaking ethnography of dispute in an African society. On the basis of a sensitive study of the Tswana of southern… Expand
Law and disorder in the postcolony
Are postcolonies haunted more by criminal violence than are other nation-states? In this paper, Jean and John Comaroff argue that the question is misplaced: the predicament of postcolonies arises… Expand
Reflections on youth, from the past to the postcolony
Most often construed as a transhistorical, transcultural category, “youth” has in fact been constructed as a socio-cultural group through the narratives of modernity. However, as ambivalent… Expand
The End of Anthropology, Again: On the Future of an In/Discipline
- J. Comaroff
- 1 December 2010
ABSTRACT The “End of Anthropology” has been predicted many times and for many different reasons—among them, its disappearing object of study, its political imbrication in colonialism, the loss of… Expand