Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

View Table of Contents


Series
Volume 32

Methodology & History in Anthropology



See Related Anthropology Journals

Get Email Updates


Returning Life

Language, Life Force and History in Kilimanjaro

Knut Christian Myhre

336 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-665-2 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (December 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78533-666-9 eBook Not Yet Published


Hb   Recommend to your Library Buy the ebook from these vendors

Reviews

Returning Life is an outstanding, historically oriented ethnography of Kilimanjaro which shows the life of language in the everyday by focusing on the concreteness of events, persons, and spaces. It is a terrific contribution to anthropological theory and to the bridges between anthropology and philosophy.” · Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University.

“Bringing together in perspicuous relation Wittgensteinian and Chagga forms of life, this meticulous work itself reopens and revivifies African ethnography more broadly. A major achievement.” · Michael Lambek, Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto.

Description

A group of Chagga-speaking men descend the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to butcher animals and pour milk, beer, and blood on the ground, requesting rain for their continued existence. Returning Life explores how this event engages activities where life force is transferred and transformed to afford and affect beings of different kinds. Historical sources demonstrate how the phenomenon of life force encompasses coffee cash-cropping, Catholic Christianity, and colonial and post-colonial rule, and features in cognate languages from throughout the area. As this vivid ethnography explores how life projects through beings of different kinds, it brings to life concepts and practices that extend through time and space, transcending established analytics.

Knut Christian Myhre is a senior researcher in the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo. He is the editor of Cutting and Connecting: ‘Afrinesian’ Perspectives on Networks, Exchange and Relationality (Berghahn 2016) and the author of numerous articles. Myhre has held positions at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Nordic Africa Institute, and the University of Oslo.

Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies Sociology
Area: Africa



Contents

Prologue
Preface
Acknowledgements
A Note on Language and Orhography

Introduction

Chapter 1. Kaa: Historical Transformations in Production and Habitation
Chapter 2. Ialika: Marrying as a Mode of Extension     
Chapter 3. Horu: Channelling Bodies and Shifting Subjects in an Enganging World
Chapter 4. Idamira: Burial as Emplacement and Displacement
Chapter 5. Iabisa: Cursing as a Linguistic and Material Practice
Chapter 6. Ngakuuriya Moo: Returning Life, Affording Rain

Conclusion

Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Back to Top