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Title:Clothing and Difference: Embodied Identities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
Editor:Hendrickson, HildiISNI
Series:Body, commodity, text
City of publisher:Durham, NC
Publisher:Duke University Press
ISBN:0822317834; 0822317915
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
social inequality
Abstract:This collective volume contains eight articles which explore the significance of the body surface within African colonial and postcolonial contexts, discerning three processes central to social reproduction and representation: the authentication of social categories, the legitimation of authority, and the creation of value. The articles by Elisha P. Renne, Deborah James, and Adeline Masquelier focus on body coverings as essential in the constitution of the social identities of married women among the Yoruba in Ekiti, Nigeria, traditionalist dancers in Sekhukhuneland, northern Transvaal, South Africa, and supernatural spirits among the Hausaphone Mawri in southern Niger, respectively. Misty L. Bastian and Brad Weiss examine the creation and perpetuation of systems of authority as well as challenges to them (by women or youth) among the Igbo in southeastern Nigeria, and among the Haya in Buhaya, Tanzania. Johanna Schoss, Timothy Burke, and Hildi Hendrickson discuss the processes whereby value is created in body treatments that derive from foreign sources, as exemplified in the Swahili tourist trade in Malindi, Kenya, in 19th and 20th century commodity exchange in colonial Zimbabwe, and in Herero representations of collective and gendered identity in colonial Namibia.