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Masquerades of Modernity: Power and Secrecy in Casamance, Senegal

Ferdinand de Jong


How do those on the margins of modernity face the challenges of globalization? This book demonstrates that secrecy is one of the means by which a society on the fringe of modernity produces itself as locality. Focusing on initiation rituals, masked performances, and modern art, this study shows that rituals and performances long deemed obsolete serve the insertion of their performers in the world at their own terms. The Jola and Mandinko people of the Casamance region in Senegal have always used their rituals and performances to incorporate the impact of Islam, colonialism, capitalism and cont ... More

Keywords: modernity, globalization, secrecy, initiation rituals, masked performances, Jola, Mandinko, Casamance, Senegal, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633197
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ferdinand de Jong, author