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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Remotely Global by Charles Piot. At first glance, the remote villages of the Kabre people of northern Togo appear to have all the trappings of a classic "out of the way" African culture—subsistence farming, straw-roofed houses, and rituals to the spirits and ancestors.

Arguing that village life is in fact an effect of the modern and the global, Charles Piot suggests that Kabre culture is shaped as much by At first glance, the remote villages of the Kabre people of northern Togo appear to have all the trappings of a classic "out of the way" African culture—subsistence farming, straw-roofed houses, and rituals to the spirits and ancestors.

Arguing that village life is in fact an effect of the modern and the global, Charles Piot suggests that Kabre culture is shaped as much by colonial and postcolonial history as by anything "indigenous" or local. Through analyses of everyday and ceremonial social practices, Piot illustrates the intertwining of modernity with tradition and of the local with the national and global.

In a striking example of the appropriation of tradition by the state, Togo's Kabre president regularly flies to the region in his helicopter to witness male initiation ceremonies. Confounding both anthropological theorizations and the State Department's stereotyped images of African village life, Remotely Global aims to rethink Euroamerican theories that fail to come to terms with the fluidity of everyday relations in a society where persons and things are forever in motion.

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 01, Ciro rated it really liked it Shelves: anthropology. Eloquent and entertaining ethnography; deserving praise for: 1 Criticizing functionalist explanations for being tautological and eurocentric. This applies to both structural-functionalist and Marxist Africanist anthropology.

The former trying to find the function of ritual and other practices in the need for cohesion assuming individualism is human nature, as if people need something to coerce them into solidarity , and the latter in the supposed exploitation of one group over another elders o Eloquent and entertaining ethnography; deserving praise for: 1 Criticizing functionalist explanations for being tautological and eurocentric.

The former trying to find the function of ritual and other practices in the need for cohesion assuming individualism is human nature, as if people need something to coerce them into solidarity , and the latter in the supposed exploitation of one group over another elders over youth, men over women.

The arguments against the Marxists are a bit more dubious, since Piot criticizes false consciousness by citing what Kabre say of themselves, thus being just as tautological as the Marxists he's critiquing. The word "Kabre" itself the name of the society Piot studied was coined by German colonialists. Dec 06, Dave Allen rated it really liked it. Having suffered through German colonization, followed by that of the French, the Kabre, primarily subsistence farmers, currently dominate Togo government.

These ways have long attracted the attention of anthropologists, yielding scores of studies of Kabre society. In the end, Piot delivers one of the more well-researched, if a little dry, studies on the Kabre people.

Combining a multitude of prior research with his own studies, as well as personal experiences, he creates a solid in-depth look at a well-studies but misunderstood people. Definitely a worthwhile read. Mar 25, Alexson rated it really liked it. Despite being an intensive look into the Kabre community, it is actually very entertaining and in many ways, works itself out to be a critique of structural functionalist theories and western notions of modernity as the fall of Africa, as a whole.

Good stuff. May 18, D rated it really liked it Shelves: anthropology. Very nice critique of individualism in Western theory - inspired by Strathern. Not sure if he really succeeds in escaping tautology though.

Feb 28, Willow L rated it really liked it. Thankfully written with confidence and clarity. Shows the way in which Kabre are thoroughly within, not prior or exterior to, modernity.

A fascinating book. Hope to re-read. Mar 20, mackenzie rated it really liked it Shelves: art-history-affiliated. A in-depth look at another culture's social interactions. Eliza Kuperschmid rated it liked it Nov 11, Chiara rated it really liked it Jul 13, Frederic Hunter rated it it was amazing Jun 03, David rated it liked it Jul 31, Robm rated it it was ok Dec 21, Danielle rated it liked it Nov 16, Guri Hagen rated it liked it Jul 29, Hannah rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Gina Wisotzky rated it really liked it Jun 18, Ilana rated it really liked it Apr 28, Katie rated it it was ok Jan 24, Carly rated it it was amazing Apr 09, Claire rated it really liked it Feb 07, Jerry rated it liked it Aug 07, Cricket Meriwether rated it really liked it Mar 26, Aubrey Frazzitta rated it it was amazing May 28, Noah Nieting rated it really liked it Aug 31, Amal rated it liked it Feb 21, Melissa Wrapp rated it liked it Jul 22, Sarah G rated it really liked it Sep 09, Lucy Trieshmann rated it really liked it Aug 07, Riley Hope rated it liked it Jun 20, Allison rated it liked it Mar 18, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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At first glance, the remote villages of the Kabre people of northern Togo appear to have all the trappings of a classic "out of the way" African culture—subsistence farming, straw-roofed houses, and rituals to the spirits and ancestors. Arguing that village life is in fact an effect of the modern and the global, Charles Piot suggests that Kabre culture is shaped as much by colonial and postcolonial history as by anything "indigenous" or local. Through analyses of everyday and ceremonial social practices, Piot illustrates the intertwining of modernity with tradition and of the local with the national and global. In a striking example of the appropriation of tradition by the state, Togo's Kabre president regularly flies to the region in his helicopter to witness male initiation ceremonies.

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Charles Piot is professor in the departments of cultural anthropology and African and African American studies at Duke University. Charles Piot. At first glance, the remote villages of the Kabre people of northern Togo appear to have all the trappings of a classic "out of the way" African culture—subsistence farming, straw-roofed houses, and rituals to the spirits and ancestors. Arguing that village life is in fact an effect of the modern and the global, Charles Piot suggests that Kabre culture is shaped as much by colonial and postcolonial history as by anything "indigenous" or local.

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However, we will soon learn that his focus is not in the Kabre-as-bounded, but in the Kabre-as-cosmopolitans. Chapter 1 is a kind of setting-the-stage text in which Piot positions himself with regard to previous Africanist scholars and schools of thought. By revealing the weaknesses of structural-functionalism, Marxism, practice theory and postmodernist accounts, Piot aims at outlining an epistemological position which can escape the Orientalist construction of the Other. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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By Charles Piot. Kabre African people —Social life and customs. Kabre African people —Government relations. Kabre African people —Politics and government. Chapter Seven.

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