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Masquerades of ModernityPower and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal$
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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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Power of Secrecy

Power of Secrecy

(p.3) 1 Power of Secrecy
Masquerades of Modernity

Ferdinand de Jong

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the secrecy practiced in the Casamance region of Senegal and how it provides Casamançais with the means to produce an alternative modernity. This is followed by a review of prevailing theories of secrecy. The chapter then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to stress how practices of secrecy establish relations of power. It examines how historical practices of secrecy retain their relevance in contemporary circumstances and serve as powerful techniques for self-assertion. Practices of secrecy may be historical, but some of them evolved into contemporary modes for the expression of discontent with postcolonial governments. The book shows that these practices have a long history of providing organizational principles for contestation. Indeed, this study seeks to demonstrate the historicity of resistance through secrecy. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Casamance region, Senegal, secrecy, alternative modernity, locality

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