Producing African Futures

Ritual and Reproduction in a Neoliberal Age

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Editor: Brad Weiss
The cumulative implications for Africans of the neoliberal processes (market speculation, shifts in sites of production, new modes of consumption, redefinition of the relation between states and their citizenry) cannot be reduced to single parameters. Three themes are central: the neoliberal production of personhood, the crises of youth and the moral panic in which so many of the wider reforms are registered in experience. With contributions on marriage payments, Muslim saints, popular theatre, homosexuality, ritual haunts, domestic reproduction, masculine fantasy, poetic justice, spirit possession and corruption.

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Biographical Note

Brad Weiss, Ph.D. (1992) University of Chicago, is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary (USA) and is currently a Burkhardt Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies at the National Humanities Center. He wrote extensively on Tanzania.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Contentious Futures: Past and Present, Brad Weiss 1. Domestic Object(ion)s: The Senegalese Murid Trade Diaspora and the Politics of Marriage Payments, Love, and State Privatization, Beth Anne Buggenhagen 2. Neoliberalism, Homosexuality, Africa, the Anglican Church: The World Conference of Anglican Bishops at Lambeth, July 18–August 9, 1998, Neville Hoad 3. Muslim Saints in the Age of Neoliberalism, Benjamin F. Soares 4. “The Best Tradition Goes On”: Audience Consumption and the Transformation of Popular Theatre in Neoliberal Ghana, Jesse Weaver Shipley 5. Ritual Haunts: The Timing of Estrangement in a Post-Apartheid Countryside, Hylton White 6. “Real Men Reawaken their Fathers’ Homesteads, The Educated Leave them in Ruins”: The Politics of Domestic Reproduction in Post-Apartheid Rural South Africa, Zolani Ngwane 7. Street Dreams: Inhabiting Masculine Fantasy in Neoliberal Tanzania, Brad Weiss 8. Poetic Justice: Xhosa Idioms and Moral Breach in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Anne-Maria B. Makhulu 9. Of Spirit Possession and Structural Adjustment Programs: Government Downsizing, Education, and Their Enchantments in Neoliberal Kenya, James H. Smith 10. “Satan Is an Imitator”: Kenya’s Recent Cosmology of Corruption, Robert Blunt Notes on Afromodernity and the Neo World Order: An Afterword, Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff Contributors Index

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