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The pot-king [electronic resource] : the body and technologies of power / by Jean-Pierre Warnier.

Author/Creator:
Warnier, Jean-Pierre.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2007.
Series:
African social studies series ; v. 17.
African social studies series, 1568-1203 ; v. 17
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (335 p.)
Subjects:
Mankon (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Power (Social sciences) -- Cameroon -- Mankon.
Mankon (Cameroon) -- Kings and rulers.
Mankon (Cameroon) -- Social life and customs.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
The king of Mankon, in the western highlands of Cameroon, is an agricultural engineer by training, a businessman, and a prominent politician on the national stage. He partakes in the “return of the kings” in the forefront of an African public space. This book analyses the principles of the sacred kingship which lie at the core of the king’s different roles. While showing that the king’s body acts as a container of bodily substances transformed into unifying ancestral life-essence by appropriate means, and bestowed upon its subjects, it develops an innovative approach to bodily and material cultures as an essential component of the technologies of power. In so doing, it departs significantly from previous approaches to sacred kingship.
Contents:
Preliminary material / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter One. The human flesh / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Two. The subjects as containers / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Three. The skin-citizens / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Four. \'Smoke must be kept inside the house\' / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Five. The gifts of the dead monarchs / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Six. The closure of the country / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Seven. The king’s three bodies / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Eight. The royal excrement / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Nine. Unbreakable vital piggy-banks / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Ten. De-sexualised bachelors / J.-P. Warnier
Chapter Eleven. Theoretical questions, in bodily/material cultures / J.-P. Warnier
Bibliography / J.-P. Warnier
The mankon language and its transcription / J.-P. Warnier
Mankon glossary / J.-P. Warnier
Indices / J.-P. Warnier.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-309) and indexes.
ISBN:
1-281-92609-4
9786611926090
90-474-2270-8
OCLC:
646789015
Publisher Number:
10.1163/ej.9789004152175.i-325 DOI
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