Memory and the Postcolony: African Anthropology and the Critique of Power
Richard P. Werbner
Zed Books, 1998 - Social Science - 236 pages
The critique of power in contemporary Africa calls for a new approach to the making of political subjectives. Through theoretically informed anthropology, this book meets the urgent need to rethink our understanding of the moral and political force of memory, its official and unofficial forms, its moves between the personal and the social in postcolonial transformations. This book brings these transformations into perspective. Distinguished anthropologists explore death and subjectivity; the memory work of elections and public commissions; and fundamentalism and the future, presenting a sustained comparative analysis of memory as a politicized reality.
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