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In Gesture and Power Yolanda Covington-Ward examines the everyday embodied practices and performances of the BisiKongo people of the lower Congo to show how their gestures, dances, and spirituality are critical in mobilizing social and political action. Conceiving of the body as the center of analysis, a catalyst for social action, and as a conduit for the social construction of reality, Covington-Ward focuses on specific flashpoints in the last ninety years of Congo's troubled history, when embodied performance was used to stake political claims, foster dissent, and enforce power. In the 1920s Simon Kimbangu started a Christian prophetic movement based on spirit-induced trembling, which swept through the lower Congo, subverting Belgian colonial authority.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Terms and Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Timeline of Events
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. Part I. Refugees
  1. Chapter 1. Becoming Refugees
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. Chapter 2. The Humanitarian Condition
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. Chapter 3. Becoming Somali Bantus
  2. pp. 77-100
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  1. Part II. Lewiston
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 103-114
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  1. Chapter 4. We Have Responded Valiantly
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. Chapter 5. Strangers in Our Midst
  2. pp. 139-168
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  1. Chapter 6. Helpers in the Neoliberal Borderlands
  2. pp. 169-202
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  1. Part III. Refuge
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 205-214
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  1. Chapter 7. Making Refuge
  2. pp. 215-242
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  1. Chapter 8. These Are Our Kids
  2. pp. 243-276
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  1. Conclusion: The Way Life Should Be
  2. pp. 277-290
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 291-312
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  1. References
  2. pp. 313-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-336
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822374725
Related ISBN
9780822360278
MARC Record
OCLC
1103797808
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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