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Masquerades of Modernity

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Masquerades of Modernity

Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal

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How do those on the margins of modernity face the challenges of globalization? This book demonstrates that secrecy is one of the means by which a society on the fringe of modernity produces itself as locality. Focusing on initiation rituals, masked performances and modern art, this study shows that rituals and performances long deemed obsolete, serve the insertion of their performers in the world at their own terms. The Jola and Mandinko people of the Casamance region in Senegal have always used their rituals and performances to incorporate the impact of Islam, colonialism, capitalism, and contemporary politics. Their performances of secrecy have accommodated these modern powers and continue to do so today. The performers incorporate the modern and redefine modernity through secretive practices. Their traditions are not modern inventions, but traditional ways of dealing with modernity. This book will interest anthropologists, historians, political scientists and all those studying how globalisation affects peripheral societies. It shows that secrecy, performed as a weapon of the weak, empowers their performers. Secrecy serves to mark boundaries and define the local in the global.

Author Biography

Ferdinand de Jong is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East Anglia
Release date NZ
October 26th, 2007
Contributors
Edited by Deborah James Edited by Ferdinand de Jong Edited by J.D.Y. Peel Edited by Suzette Heald
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
39 black & white illustrations
Imprint
Edinburgh University Press
Pages
256
ISBN-13
9780748633197
Product ID
1832346

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