Tribing and Untribing the Archive

Set (Volume One and Volume Two)

Edited by: Carolyn Hamilton, Nessa Leibhammer

The pernicious combination of tribe and tradition continues to tether modern South Africans to ideas about the region's remote past as primitive, timeless, and unchanging. Any hunger for knowledge or understanding of the past before European colonialism remains to a significant degree unsated in the face of a narrowly prescribed archive and repugnant, but insidiously resilient, stereotypes. These volumes track how the domain of the tribal and traditional came to be sharply distinguished from modernity, how it was denied a changing history and an archive, and was endowed instead with a timeless culture. They also offer strategies for engaging with the materials differently-from the interventions effected in contemporary artworks to the inserting of nameless, timeless objects of material culture into histories of individualized and politicized experience. The two volume set make this archive of material culture visible as an archival resource. They also seek to spring the identity trap, releasing the material from pre-assigned identity positions as tribal into settings that enable them to be used as resources for thinking critically about identity. *** "This seminal collection provides rare insight into issues of identity, ethnicity, self-expression, and performance (material culture) from the pre- to postcolonial period in South Africa. ...each volume contains large, colorful photographs of contemporary South African artwork and rare historic photographs of ethnic communities from the precolonial period to help readers better understand the complexities of culture and material culture in the region. Map illustrations also accompany many articles. These voices demand representation in libraries and universities in the US. --Choice, Vol. 55, No. 1, September 2017 [Subject: African Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Art History]


Publication Date: 12/5/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781869143398


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