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Modern Sovereign The Body of Power in Central Africa (Congo and Gabon)
ISBN: HB: 9780857426888, Seagull Books, January 2020
456 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
The "Modern Sovereign", a notion indebted both to Hobbes's Leviathan and Marx's conception of capital, refers to the power that governed the African multitudes from the earliest colonial days to the post-colonial era. It is an internalized power, res...
Phantom Africa
ISBN: PB: 9780857427007, ISBN: HB: 9780857423771, Seagull Books, October 2019
720 pp., 22.8x19 cm, 37 halftones, 3 facsimiles
One of the towering classics of twentieth century French literature, "Phantom Africa" is a singular and ultimately unclassifiable work: a book composed of one man's compulsive and constantly mutating daily travel journal – by turns melodramatic, self...
Upright Revolution Or Why Humans Walk Upright
ISBN: HB: 9780857426475, Seagull Books, September 2019
48 pp., 21.5x21.5 cm, illustrated in colour throughout
Science has given us several explanations for how humans evolved from walking on four limbs to two feet. None, however, is as riveting as what master storyteller Ngugi wa Thiong'o offers in "The Upright Revolution". Blending myth and folklore with an...
No Fixed Abode Ethnofiction
ISBN: PB: 9780857426345, Seagull Books, April 2019
80 pp., 25x15 cm
<p>In recent years, social workers have raised a new concern about the appearance of a new category among the working poor. Even employed, there are people so overburdened by the cost of living and so under compensated that they cannot afford a place...
Fate of Rural Hell Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand
ISBN: PB: 9780857424020, Seagull Books, October 2016
99 pp., 19.8x13.9 cm, 24 colour illus.
In 1975, when political scientist Benedict Anderson reached Wat Phai Rong Wua, a massive temple complex in rural Thailand conceived by Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khom, he felt he had wandered into a demented Disneyland. One of the world's most bizarre...
Performing the Nation Genocide, Justice, Reconciliation
ISBN: PB: 9780857421081, Seagull Books, September 2014
264 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 30 halftones
A dance begins beneath the outstretched branches of the giant umunyinya tree in Rwanda. First there is drumming and clapping, then the lead dancers step into the center of the gathering. The dancing subsides and the gacaca court, the community hearin...
Call of the Trance
ISBN: HB: 9780857421906, Seagull Books, September 2014
184 pp., 21.6x12.7 cm
"The Call of the Trance" is a magnificent book that takes us to the unchartered frontiers of the forbidden. From initiation ceremonies to crises of hysteria, from suicide attempts to the ecstasies of witches, Catherine Clement explores in simple but...
Singers Die Twice A Journey to the Land of Dhrupad
ISBN: HB: 9780857421043, Seagull Books, December 2013
340 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 1 map, 1 diagram, 22 halftones
"Singers Die Twice" is the story of a life in music. One of Germany's best-known exponents of North Indian classical music, specifically dhrupad singing, Perer Pannke has traveled from his home in Germany to Varanasi, Delhi, Darbhanga, and the forest...
Remembered Rhythms Issues of Music and Diaspora in India
ISBN: PB + CD: 9781905422500, Seagull Books, May 2011
282 pp., 24.4x17.2 cm, 1 map, 5 tables, 94 halftones
"Remembered Rhythms" explores the role of music and cultural memory in shaping and creating diasporic identities. With contributions from leading scholars in the fields of ethnomusicology, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology, the essays ran...
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Sailing on the Sea of Love The Music of the Bauls of Bengal
ISBN: PB + CD: 9780857420046, Seagull Books, March 2011
242 pp., 22.9x15.5 cm, 43 halftones
Based on fieldwork carried out in West Bengal, "Sailing on the Sea of Love" is a pioneering study of the songs of the Baul – a Bengali religious sect, widely beloved for its enchanting music. Charles Capwell describes the role Baul song plays in the...
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