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    • ANTH326 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
      Meeting 6: Flesh and Blood
      October 13, 2010
    • Both
    • History in Anthropological Frame
      Anthropologists using/doing history
      Historian on ethnicity
      Ethnohistory
      Particularism
    • Africa Perceived
      Infantilization
      Ignorance
      Contradictory tropes
      Circulation of tropes
      Pop culture
      Media coverage (Comaroffs on Time)
      Rescue narrative
      Ethnographic journalism
    • Comaroffs
    • Jean and John Comaroffs
      Current anthropology
      Non-radical particularism
      Ethnographic approach
      Writing style
      Both from ZA
    • Modernity
      Continuity
      Foucault
      Modernist self
      Individualism
    • Contact
      Africa and Europe
      Pre-Scramble Africa
      Variety of outcomes
      Exchange
    • Colonialism
      Empire
      Not all imposed
      Hegemony
      Civilizing mission
    • Mission
      Proselytism
      Wesleyan
      Pragmatism
      Objectified power
    • Livingstone
      London Missionary Society
      Obstetrics
      Gender
      Intimacy
      Modernized?
      Parallel Newton
    • Soft Relativism
      Learn from locals
      Contextual adaptation
      Parallel therapeutic traditions
      Therapeutic repertoire
      Exotic knowledge
      Remaining importance of imported medicine
      Pragmatic
      Social expediency
    • Negative Impact on Health
      West Africa as white man's grave
      “Diseases of civilization” (lifestyle diseases)
      Maggi cubes
    • Medicine
      Body and soul dualism
      Africa as Lab
      Pasteur revolution
    • Medical Anthropology Classics
      Subsistence strategies
      Hot/cold
      Tepidness
      What perceived as disease/illness
      Significance of barrenness
    • Hygiene
      Grease/grace
      Cleanliness/Godliness
      Douglas on cleansing
      Matter out of place
      Ablutions
      Parallel Islam?
    • “Moral Hygiene”
      Health and morals as connected
      Morality and mortality
      Moral side of health
      Strong connections
      Straw cabin, roof, and dress
    • Social “Ills”
      Social body
      Sociosomatic healing
      Back to causal
    • Belief Systems
      Beliefs and science
      Beliefs and healing
      Ritual healing (Roberts)
      Secrecy
      Secret Bible
      Conflicting ideas about resurrection
    • Contemporary Echoes
      Neo-Colonialism
      Development
      MSF and experimenting (Lab Africa)
      AIDS
    • Transition
    • Syncretism
      Belief systems
      African Christianity
      Voodoo
      Beliefs changing
      Across generations
    • Syncretization
      Mix-and-match/pick-and-choose?
      Not haphazard
      Fertile ground
      Compartmentalization
      Fluidity
      Counterpoint
    • Creole
      Creole identity
      Creole languages
      Central African Republic
    • Racialism
      Division of humanity as “races”
      Leading to racism
      But also anti-racist
      Telegraphing Afrocentrists
      Emergence of genetics
      Sociobiology
      Eugenics
    • Roberts
    • Africa Outside Continent
      Still African studies
      Africa created by colonialism
      Pan-Africanism
      Slave trade
    • Diversity
      Through diverse African origins
      Through diverse experiences
    • Ethnic Identity
      Segu Empire
      Bounded entity?
      Fluidity
      Bazin «À chacun son bambara» (“To Each Their Own Bambara”)
      Constructed identities
      Back to Southall
      Labels
    • Bambara
      Ethnonym
      From outside
      Bamanan
      Rejection of Islam
      Folk etymology
      Now identified as Muslim
    • Mande languages
      Glossonyms
      Maninka (Malinke)
      Not necessarily Mande identity
      Related families