Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo

Yolanda Covington-Ward


Gesture and Power makes very important contributions to our knowledge of cultural embodiment, African social life, and the political importance of everyday performance. This book is a deeply researched and profoundly experienced work that is the result of substantive and sensitive fieldwork in Lower Congo. Impressive in its scope, its depth, and its expression, Gesture and Power will prompt much important debate in the years to come.”—Paul Stoller, author of Yaya’s Story: the Quest for Well-Being in the World 

In Gesture and Power Yolanda Covington-Ward examines the everyday embodied practices and performances of the BisiKongo people of the Lower Congo to show how their gestures, dances, and spirituality are critical in mobilizing social and political action.


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