BOOKS RECEIVED: Catie Gressier, “At Home in the Okavango: White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging” (Berghahn Books, 2018)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley An ethnographic portrayal of the lives of white citizens of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, this book examines their relationships with the natural and social environments of the region. In response to the insecurity of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Keith Hart, ed., “Economy for and Against Democracy” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Political constitutions alone do not guarantee democracy; a degree of economic equality is also essential. Yet contemporary economies, dominated as they are by global finance and political rent-seekers, often block the realization of democracy.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Michaela Pelican, “Masks and Staffs: Identity Politics in the Cameroon Grassfields” (Berghahn, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley The Cameroon Grassfields, home to three ethnic groups Grassfields societies, Mbororo, and Hausa provide a valuable case study for the anthropological examination of identity politics and interethnic relations. In the midst of the political… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Wolfgang Fuhrmann, “Imperial Projections: Screening the German Colonies” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley The beginning of filmmaking in the German colonies coincided with colonialism itself coming to a standstill. Scandals and economic stagnation in the colonies demanded a new and positive image of their value for Germany.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Aurelien Mokoko Gampiot, “Kimbanguism: An African Understanding of the Bible” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In this volume, Aurlien Mokoko Gampiot, a sociologist and son of a Kimbanguist pastor, provides a fresh and insightful perspective on African Kimbanguism and its traditions. The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other… Read More
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