Kongo Political Culture: The Conceptual Challenge of the Particular

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Indiana University Press, 2000 - 274 pages

This book is a brilliant commentary on the political culture of the BaKongo of Lower Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). MacGaffey analyzes texts written by young Kongo men between 1914 -1916 to explicate KiKongo culture and to question long-cherished anthropological assumptions.

 

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This is not a bad book, but it didn't strike a chord with me. As the title indicates, the author's interest lie in the particular, as in detailed first-hand descriptions of how certain people in Kongo ... Read full review

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This book is a souvenir of our culture,
When the first missionary come to Kongo
This is a relationship between our ancestors
And the nature,our grand Father Kiananua was
Among the principal actor in this book is a great
Pleasure reading this scripture.
 

Contents

Introduction l
1
Texts and Contexts
18
MAPS
25
Translation Exoticism Banality
43
Tradition and Trade
61
Trade Routes
69
Minkisi to Kill People Swiftly
97
PHOTOGRAPHS
98
Objecthood of Persons
134
Kongo chief Mayombe
137
Lutetes Chiefs
160
l0 Reflections and Extensions
203
A List ofLaman s Contributors
229
Notes
237
Reference List
259
Index and Glossary
269

Composition and Powers of an Nkondi
115

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About the author (2000)

Wyatt MacGaffey, formerly John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences at Haverford College, has published extensively on African social structure, history, art, religion, and politics. His books include Custom and Government in the Lower Congo (1970), Religion and society in Central Africa (1986), and Astonishment and Power (1993; with Michael D. Harris). IN 1994 he was awarded a Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

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