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Images and EmpiresVisuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa$
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Paul Landau and Susan Griffin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229488

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229488.001.0001

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. “Captured on Film”: Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives

. “Captured on Film”: Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives

(p.212) Chapter 8. “Captured on Film”: Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives
Images and Empires

Robert J. Gordon

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on performative primitives in Africa. It examines how the Bushmen have become caught up in a dance that contains steps of their own devising but is at the same time staged by colonialism. It explains that performance is very much part of the ideological genealogy of the people of Kagga Kamma and suggests that those labeled Bushmen have actively and successfully exploited the ambiguities of their imposed identities.

Keywords:   performative primitives, Africa, Bushmen, dance, performance, colonialism, ideological genealogy, Kagga Kamma

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