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Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal

Ferdinand de Jong

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748633197
eISBN:
9780748670642
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

How do those on the margins of modernity face the challenges of globalization? This book demonstrates that secrecy is one of the means by which a society on the fringe of modernity produces itself as ... More


Mandinko Initiation: The Making of an Urban Locality

Ferdinand de Jong

in Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748633197
eISBN:
9780748670642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This chapter describes the trajectory of the urban rite of passage for boys, usually referred to as the ‘Mandinko circumcision’. It analyzes its introduction in Ziguinchor and the various historical ... More


Secrecy, Sacrilege and the State

Ferdinand de Jong

in Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748633197
eISBN:
9780748670642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This chapter examines the historical trajectory of the Kankurang, a masquerade that is held to protect the initiates of the ‘Mandinko circumcision’ against witchcraft. It demonstrates that legal ... More


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