Remotely global: village modernity in West Africa / Charles Piot. Bookmark: https ://; Physical Description. xiii, p. ; 24 cm. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West remittances from wage workers and conspicu-. Africa. Charles Piot. Chicago: University of ous gifts from successful. Charles Piot revisits a remote West African village in postcolonial Togo; a site that has been treated by former anthropologists like Fortes and.
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Confounding both anthropological theorizations and the State Department’s stereotyped images of African village life, this text aims to rethink Euroamerican theories that fail to come to terms with the fluidity of everyday relations globak a society where persons and things are forever in motion.
Borchardt Library, Melbourne Bundoora Campus. Open to the public ; Notes Includes bibliographical references p. He eventually destabilizes the classical assumptions of concepts such as tradition, modernity, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Arguing that village life is in fact an effect of the modern and the global, Charles Piot suggests that Kabre culture is shaped as much by colonial and postcolonial history as by anything “indigenous” or local.
Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa by Charles Piot
Skip to content Skip to search. Kabre African people — Social life and customs.
The University of Melbourne. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. These ways have long attracted the attention of cyarles, yielding scores of studies of Kabre society. Books by Charles Piot.
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Children are believed to be androgynous charlds their initiation to male or female adulthood. Today, in the lives of the Kabre people, one can easily witness a long history of both translocal and transnational encounters.
Despite being an intensive look into the Kabre community, it is actually very entertaining and in many ways, works itself out to be a critique of structural functionalist theories and western notions of modernity as the fall of Africa, as a whole. Australian National University Library. Ashley rated it really liked it Mar 18, Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa
University of Chicago Press, Melissa Wrapp rated it liked it Jul 22, The former trying to find the function of ritual and other practices in the need for cohesion assuming individualism is human nature, as if people need something to coerce them into solidarityand the latter in the supposed exploitation of one group over another elders o Eloquent and entertaining ethnography; deserving praise for: Kabres are originally from the north of Togo, however, the colonial rule mobilized them southward for labor, and since then, they have been migrating back and forth to the south shore for material gain with a feeling of rootedness in the north.
This applies to both structural-functionalist and Marxist Africanist anthropology. Through analyses of everyday and ceremonial social practices, Piot illustrates the intertwining of modernity with tradition and of the local with the national and global.
Togo — Politics and government. One of the most striking aspects of Kabre culture is undoubtedly their distinct way of engendering not only subjects but also domains, space, food, and labor. Even though they have resisted to the colonial powers, and have remained largely to their local customs, they nonetheless embrace the innovations that they have gained through the encounter such as roads, schools, hospitals, cash crops, cars.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He not only puts modernity into question, he also problematizes his own western identity with its discursive embeddedness to a certain tradition.
Shows the way in which Kabre are thoroughly within, not prior or exterior to, modernity. Lucy rated it really liked it Aug 07,