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By Matthias Krings

Why could a Hollywood movie develop into a Nigerian video remake, a Tanzanian comedian publication, or a Congolese tune video? Matthias Krings explores the myriad methods Africans reply to the relentless onslaught of world tradition. He seeks out areas the place they've got tailored pervasive cultural kinds to their very own reasons as photograph novels, comedian books, songs, posters, or even rip-off letters. those African appropriations exhibit the extensive scope of cultural mediation that's attribute of our hyperlinked age. Krings argues that there's now not an "original" or "faithful copy," yet basically never-ending adjustments that thrive within the fertile floor of African well known culture.

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Highlighting the fact that the human desire to mediate cultural difference through mimesis is certainly not limited to people in Africa or to forms of popular culture. And aren’t there many of us anthropologists who, under certain circumstances, feel an urge or even the compulsion to dress, talk, or act like a typical member of the communities among whom we conduct our research? 1). Photographs of Franz Boas dressed as an Inuit and of Frank Hamilton Cushing in Hopi regalia are better-known examples of our mimetic inclinations.

Migrant workers from Niger took them to the colonial Gold Coast where the cult was further elaborated and its pantheon expanded. 1 I M AGE S OF PA S SION E S A N D E M BODI E D PA ST IC H E S Faced with distorted images of themselves and a ritual display of military routines that looked like parodies, French colonial officers felt ridiculed by colonial subjects who “aped” their colonial masters (Fuglestad 1975: 205). The Annual Political Report for Niamey County of 1925 thus talks about “young people who under the influence of bori spirits .

This would imply faithfulness to an original, matching it as closely as possible, in the way a medieval transcript matches its script or a photomechanical reproduction its original document (Schwartz 2000). The mediations of cultural difference I am interested in are most often based on selective copying. The fragments copied from another life-world are elements perceived as different, in comparison with the appropriator’s own life-world. For example, a certain style of dress, way of talking, type of food is copied—and in the eyes of the copiers, these fragments are sensed as emblematic, if not essential, features of those other life-worlds.

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