Divine Rulers in a Secular State

Kallinen, Timo
Nimeke: Divine Rulers in a Secular State
Tekijät: Kallinen, Timo (Kirjoittaja)
Tuotetunnus: 9789522226822
Tuotemuoto: Pehmeäkantinen kirja
Saatavuus: Toimitusaika 7-14 arkipäivää
Hinta: 43,00 € (39,09 € alv 0 %)

Kust. tuotetunnus: 1322154
Kustantaja: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura
Sarja: Studia Fennica Anthropologica 3
Painos: 2016
Julkaisuvuosi: 2016
Kieli: englanti
Sivumäärä: 202
Tuoteryhmät: Kansatiede ja antropologia
Studia Fennica Anthropologica
Books in English
Kirjastoluokka: 49.52 Afrikan kansojen kansatiede
YSO - Yleinen suomalainen asiasanasto: akanit, johtajat, valta, auktoriteetti, sosiaalinen rakenne, maallistuminen, kulttuurivaikutukset, kolonialismi, postkolonialismi
Avainsanat: politics, divine kingship, Ghana, Africa, Secularization
In present-day Africa chiefs interact fluently with modern states, international organizations, and business corporations, and traditional chieftaincy is perceived essentially as a secular institution. Consequently, social scientists have started paying serious attention to the role of traditional authorities in contemporary political landscapes. Yet it was only a few decades ago that classic ethnographers were characterizing chiefs as priests, magicians, diviners, rainmakers, and the like. What happened to the divinity of African chiefs and kings?

Drawing on his research on the Asante people of Ghana, West Africa, Timo Kallinen explores how the colonial and postcolonial states have attempted to secularize the sacred institutions of chiefship and kingship, a process which is by no means complete. Furthermore, it has frequently proved a problematic undertaking with regards to a number of burning issues in contemporary Ghanaian society, such as Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, nationalism, international development aid, civil society participation, coup d'états, and witchcraft.