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Author Fabian, Johannes.

Title Power and performance : ethnographic explorations through proverbial wisdom and theater in Shaba, Zaire / Johannes Fabian.

Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [1990]
©1990

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  305.896393 FABI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 314 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series New directions in anthropological writing.
New directions in anthropological writing.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-305) and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Reflections on Ethnography 3 -- Discovery: From Informative to Performative Ethnography 3 -- Performance: Some Uses in and around Anthropology 7 -- Some Ideas Guiding this Study 11 -- Moving Ahead: Performance and Survival 15 -- Chapter 2 "Problem": Power and Cultural Axiom 21 -- Of Power and Chicken Gizzards 22 -- Missing Proverb 26 -- Power and Lore: Some Elements in Luba Culture 30 -- Cultural Axioms and Performance 36 -- Chapter 3 Experimenters 40 -- Troupe Theatrale Mufwankolo: First Encounter and Some History 40 -- Popular Theater in Shaba: Settings and Contexts 52 -- Chapter 4 Experiment 61 -- Setting: Glimpses of Power and Play 61 -- Work: A Chronological Account of the Rehearsal Process 64 -- Play: Dress Rehearsal and Shooting Le pouvoir se mange entier 80 -- Chapter 5 Interlude: The Missing Text 87 -- Ethnographic Texts as Protocols 87 -- Protocols of What? 92 -- Remarks and Apologies on Transcription and Translation 97 -- Chapter 6 Plot and Players 101 -- From Saying to Play: Developing a Plot 101 -- Power Is Eaten Whole: Bwana Cheko's Version (Text 1) 101 -- Power Is Eaten Whole: Mufwankolo's Version (Text 2) 110 -- Players 120 -- Chapter 7 Scene 1: The Law of the Land 125 -- Introductory Song: Rehearsal Version (Text 3) 125 -- Last Directions (Text 4) 126 -- Announcing the Chief: Rehearsal Version (Text 5) 130 -- Chief's Speech: Rehearsal Version (Text 6) 131 -- Directions for the Chief's Departure (Text 7) 136 -- Announcing the Chief: Final Version (Text 8) 139 -- Chief's Speech: Final Version (Text 9) 140 -- Chapter 8 Scene 2: Trouble Brewing 145 -- Contesting the Chief: Rehearsal Version (Text 10) 145 -- Contesting the Chief: Final Version (Fragments: Text 11) 157 -- Chapter 9 Scene 3: The Case of the Thief 159 -- Case of the Thief: Rehearsal Version (Text 12) 161 -- Case of the Thief: The Chief's Verdict, Final Version (Text 13) 173 -- Chapter 10 Scene 4: The Hunter's Visit 175 -- Hunter's Visit: Rehearsal Version (Text 14) 176 -- Hunter's Visit: Final Version (Text 15) 188 -- Chapter 11 Scene 5: The Case of Adultery 193 -- Case of Adultery: Rehearsal Version (Text 16) 193 -- Case of Adultery: Final Version (Text 17) 212 -- Chapter 12 Scene 6: Revolt in the Fields 225 -- Revolt in the Fields: Rehearsal Version (Text 18) 226 -- Chief Goes to the Fields: Rehearsal Version (Text 19) 239 -- Chief Sends Tala Ngai to the Fields (Text 20) 241 -- Tala Ngai in the Fields (Text 21) 242 -- Chief Sends His Guards to the Fields (Text 22) 243 -- Chief Sends Bwana Cheko and Masimango to the Fields (Text 23) 244 -- Chief Sends His Wife to the Fields (Text 24) 245 -- Chief Goes to the Fields: Final Version (Text 25) 246 -- Chapter 13 Scene 7: The Chief Takes Control: Order Restored 248 -- Chief's Final Speech: Kachelewa's Directions (Text 26) 248 -- Chief's Final Speech: Rehearsal Version (Text 27) 250 -- Chief's Final Speech: Final Version (Text 28) 253 -- Chapter 14 Reflections and Afterthoughts 257 -- On Endings, Meanings, and Interpretation 257 -- All Is Well That Ends Well... 258 -- Does It "End Well"? 260 -- Closure and Meaning 261 -- On Performance, Folklore, and Power 263 -- Appendix Bwana Cheko's Scenario 291.
Summary In 1985 the distinguished anthropologist, Johannes Fabian, while engaged in fieldwork in the Shaba province of Zaire, first encountered this saying. Its implications -- for the charismatic religious movements Fabian was examining, for the highly charged political atmosphere of Zaire, and for the cultures of the Luba peoples -- continued to intrigue him, though its meaning remained elusive. On a later visit, he mentioned the saying to a company of popular actors, and triggered an ethnographic brainstorm. "Spontaneously, they decided it would be just the right topic for their next play. On the spot they began planning -- suggestions for a plot were made, problems of translating the French term 'pouvoir' were debated, several actors cited sayings and customs from their home villages..."
Power and Performance examines traditional proverbs about power as it illustrates how the performance of Le pouvoir se mange entier was created, rehearsed, and performed by the Troupe Theatrale Mufwankolo. The play deals with the issue of power through a series of conflicts between villagers and their chief. Both rehearsal and performance versions of the text of this drama are included, in Swahili and in English translation.
Much of what ethnographers study as "culture" is performance, says Fabian, and his work is an attempt to redirect the anthropologist's work from "informative" to "performative" ethnography. The result is a book rich in reflections, asides, evocative descriptions of settings and events, yet with a continuing concern for the limitations of the ethnographer's perspective and of the power relations that are never absent from ethnographic works. Thus it is a genuine experiment in ethnographic writing.
Subject Groupe Mufwankolo.
Luba (African people)
Theater -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Katanga.
Philosophy, Luba.
Power (Social sciences)
ISBN 0299125149 (paperback)
0299125106