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
BOOKS RECEIVED: Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, eds. “Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
African slavery was pervasive in Spain’s Atlantic empire yet remained in the margins of the imperial economy until the end of the eighteenth century when the plantation revolution in the Caribbean colonies put the slave traffic and the plantation at… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke and Anne Kuhlmann, eds., “Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
The rich history of encounters prior to World War I between people from German-speaking parts of Europe and people of African descent has gone largely unnoticed in the historical literature-not least because Germany became a nation and engaged in colonization… Read More
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