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Millennial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming
he global triumph of capitalism at the millennium, its Second Coming, raises a number of conundrums for our understanding of history at the end of the century. Some of its corollaries—“plagues of theExpand
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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 withExpand
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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 * TheExpand
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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 materialExpand
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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 arisesExpand
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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 ambivalentExpand
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Alien-Nation: Zombies, Immigrants, and Millennial Capitalism
  • J. Comaroff
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The South Atlantic quarterly
  • 1 October 2002
What might zombies have to do with the implosion of neoliberal capitalism at the end of the twentieth century? What might they have to do with postcolonial, postrevolutionary nationalism? With laborExpand
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Ethnography on an Awkward Scale
In what ways has the movement of anthropology off the reservation, and off the island, challenged the ethnographic practice that has historically been its raison d'être? How has the increasingExpand
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