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Ferdinand de Jong

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633197

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.001.0001

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Jola Initiations, Gendered Localities

Jola Initiations, Gendered Localities

(p.25) 2 Jola Initiations, Gendered Localities
Masquerades of Modernity

Ferdinand de Jong

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the male and female initiation ceremonies as performed in Thionck Essyl, a Jola town in the Boulouf region. These two performances are contrasted to reveal that they accomplish different transitions in the participants. Remarkably, the Jola male and female initiations do not produce complementary, gendered subjectivities, but in fact engender antagonistic subjectivities.

Keywords:   initiation ceremonies, male initiation, female initiation, Thionck Essyl, Boulouf region, antagonistic subjectivities

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