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Author Fardon, Richard, author

Title Tiger in an african palace, and other thoughts about identification and transformation / Richard Fardon
Published Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon : Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group, 2014
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Contents Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Contents; Figures; Copyright acknowledgements; INTRODUCTION; Chapter 1 -- Sisters, wives, wards and daughters. A transformational analysis of the political organization of the Tiv and their neighbours; Part I The Tiv; The background; The segmentary lineage model of the Tiv; A theoretical digression; Marriage by exchange; Kinship and clanship; Witchcraft and cults; Kinship terminology; Conclusion; Part II The transformations; Exchange marriage systems; The Mambila; Intermediary systems: Kona and Wiya; Marriage lordship: Bamileke, Bangwa, Bamum
Chapter 5 -- 'CROSSED DESTINIES' -- The entangled histories of West African ethnic and national identitiesComplex resemblances; Crossed destinies; Invention -- narration -- imagination: how sameness inhabits the world; Entanglement: the contrapuntal characteristics of ethnic narratives; Entangled identities and crossed destinies; Conclusion; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; Chapter 6 -- ETHNIC PERVASION. Covering ethnicity? Or, ethnicity as coverage?; The self-evidence of ethnic terms; A many-sided project; In and out of the whale; Chapter 7 -- TIGER IN AN AFRICAN PALACE; Present problems
ConclusionsACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; Chapter 2 -- ALLIANCE AND ETHNICITY. Aspects of an Adamawan regional system; Adamawa as a region; The Chamba ethnicity and identity; Mapeo; Kinship terminology; Clanship; Marriage regulations in Mapeo; Motives for marriage and marriage patterns in Mapeo; Marriage as alliance?; The Chamba, their neighbours and a central Adamawan regional system; Conclusions; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; Chapter 3 -- 'AFRICAN ETHNOGENESIS'. Limits to the comparability of ethnic phenomena; Ethnicity and comparative anthropology; Why ethnicity is difficult to define
How ethnicity just grew and grewThe nominal objection; The reificatory objection; The derogatory objection; The situational objection; Subjective and objective ethnicity; Nationalism and the autonomization of ethnicity; Chamba ethnogenesis; African ethnogenesis; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; Chapter 4 -- THE PERSON, ETHNICITY AND THE PROBLEM OF 'IDENTITY' IN WEST AFRICA; Argument; The 'traditional' West African model: a synthesis; Identity, ethnicity and the person; Modernity and identity; Bali-Nyonga identity: whence Chamba-ness?; Bali-Nyonga: narrating modernity; Conclusion; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Tiger in an African palaceTreasures and translations; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; Chapter 8 -- COSMOPOLITAN NATIONS, NATIONAL COSMOPOLITANS; Conviviality begins at home: a ceremony; Encapsulation and identity -- history; Cosmopolitan sleights; Peripheral citizenship in practice; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX; Back cover
Summary Tiger in an African palace collects eight essays about kinship and belonging that Richard Fardon wrote to complement his monographs on West Africa. The essays extend those book-length descriptions by pursuing their wider implications for theory in social anthropology: exploring the relationship between comparison and historical reconstruction, and questioning the fit between personal, ethnic and cosmopolitan identities in contemporary West African nations. In an Introduction written specially for this Langaa collection, Richard Fardon retraces the career-long development of his preoccupation w
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed July 17, 2014)
Subject Ethnology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789956792252 (e-book)
995679225X (e-book)