By Andrew Apter, Lauren Derby

ISBN-10: 1443816388

ISBN-13: 9781443816380

'Activating the earlier' explores serious historic occasions and variations linked to embodied stories within the Black Atlantic global. The assembled case-studies divulge hidden old references to neighborhood and local encounters with Atlantic modernity, targeting non secular fairs that characterize political and fiscal relationships in 'fetishized' sorts of energy and price. even though stories of the slave alternate are hardly ever said in West Africa and the Americas, they've got retreated, so as to converse, inside of ritual institutions as limited, repressed, even mystery histories which are activated in the course of public fairs and during diverse types of spirit ownership. In West Africa, our concentrate on chosen port towns alongside the coast extends into the hinterlands, the place slave raiding happened yet is poorly documented and barely said. within the Caribbean, local contrasts among coastal and hinterland groups relate figures of the jibaro, the indio and the caboclo to their ritual representations in Santeria, Vodou, and Candomble. Highlighting the spatial organization of thoughts with shrines and the ritual 'condensation' of local geographies, we find neighborhood spirits and family terrains inside co-extensive Atlantic horizons. the amount brings jointly best students of the African Diaspora who not just discover those ritual documents for major echoes of the previous, but additionally light up a subaltern historiography embedded inside of Atlantic cultural platforms.

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For such a conception generates a spurious sense of clarity in a situation where some of our most basic conceptual tools are far from adequately operationalized. One of the first red herrings one encounters, when probing into the standard narrative, concerns what M. G. Smith (1957, 1965) long ago called the problem of specific ascription. Can we pin down—in time and space—a concrete African antecedent? In logical terms, this question boils down to: carabalí : Efik :: Abakuá : Ekpe? Already the first part of this statement presents thorny problems.

41 So did its urban population, which more than doubled from about 50,000 in 1791 (Scott 1986:28) to 112,023 in 1828 (Deschamps Chapeaux 1971:17), spilling over from the city itself into sprawling barrios extramuros that grew from shantytowns into teeming black neighborhoods. 42 Concurrently, a wide variety of licit as well as illicit economic venues opened within the bustling world of docks, warehouses, and foundries clustered around the bay. 43 One such nodal position was that of the capataz del muelle (dockside labor contractor).

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