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Author Alexander Craft, Renee, author.

Title When the Devil knocks : the Congo tradition and the politics of blackness in twentieth-century Panama / Renée Alexander Craft.

Published Columbus : The Ohio State University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.80097287 ALEX    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Black performance and cultural criticism.
Black performance and cultural criticism.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-226) and index.
Contents Chapter 1 "Una Raza, Dos Etnias": The Politics of Be(com)ing "Afropanameño" 29 -- Chapter 2 Christ, the Devil, and the Terrain of Blackness 57 -- Chapter 3 Baptizing the Devil: Circum-Local Transmission and Translation of Culture 109 -- Chapter 4 "¡Los gringos vienen!" / "The gringos are coming!": Race, Gender, and Tourism 137 -- Chapter 5 Dancing with the Devil at the Crossroads: Performance Ethnography and Staging Thresholds of Difference 157.
Summary "Despite its long history of encounters with colonialism, slavery, and neocolonialism, Panama continues to be an under-researched site of African Diaspora identity, culture, and performance. To address this void, Renée Alexander Craft examines an Afro-Latin Carnival performance tradition called "Congo" as it is enacted in the town of Portobelo, Panama-the nexus of trade in the Spanish colonial world. In When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in Twentieth-Century Panama, Alexander Craft draws on over a decade of critical ethnographic research to argue that Congo traditions tell the story of cimarronaje, charting self-liberated Africans' triumph over enslavement, their parody of the Spanish Crown and Catholic Church, their central values of communalism and self-determination, and their hard-won victories toward national inclusion and belonging. When the Devil Knocks analyzes the Congo tradition as a dynamic cultural, ritual, and identity performance that tells an important story about a Black cultural past while continuing to create itself in a Black cultural present. This book examines "Congo" within the history of twentieth century Panamanian etnia negra culture, politics, and representation, including its circulation within the political economy of contemporary tourism"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Congos (Panamanian people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Congos (Panamanian people) -- Ethnic identity.
Blacks -- Panama -- Rites and ceremonies.
Blacks -- Panama -- Ethnic identity.
Carnival -- Social aspects -- Panama.
Portobelo (Panama) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780814212707 (hardback)
0814212700 (hardback)
9780814293751 (cd-rom)
0814293751 (cd-rom)