Masquerading Politics: Kinship, Gender, and Ethnicity in a Yoruba Town

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Description

In West Africa, especially among Yoruba people, masquerades have the power to kill enemies, appoint kings, and grant fertility. John Thabiti Willis takes a close look at masquerade traditions in the Yoruba town of Otta, exploring transformations in performers, performances, and the institutional structures in which masquerade was used to reveal ongoing changes in notions of gender, kinship, and ethnic identity. As Willis focuses on performers and spectators, he reveals a history of masquerade that is rich and complex. His research offers a more nuanced understanding of performance practices in Africa and their role in forging alliances, consolidating state power, incorporating immigrants, executing criminals, and projecting individual and group power on both sides of the Afro-Atlantic world.

Product Details

Price
$42.00
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Publish Date
January 15, 2018
Pages
256
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.59 X 9.0 inches | 0.87 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780253031464

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About the Author

John Thabiti Willis is Associate Professor of African History at Carleton College. He is an associate editor of the Journal of West African History.