jean comaroff
is the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor
of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College and the Clinical Scholars Program
at the University of Chicago, and honorary professor at the University of Cape Town. Her
fieldwork in southern Africa and Great Britain has focused especially on colonialism,
modernity, ritual, power, and consciousness. Among other works, she is the author of
Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance: The Culture and History of a South African People
john l. comaroff
is the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of An-
thropology and of Social Sciences in the College of the University of Chicago, senior
research fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and honorary professor at the Univer-
sity of Cape Town. His areas of interest include social theory, modernity, neoliberalism,
politics, and law, especially among the Tswana peoples of southern Africa. His many
works include Rules and Processes: The Cultural Logic of Dispute in an African Context
(with S. A. Roberts, 1981).
Together, John and Jean Comaro√ have authored or edited a number of landmark
volumes, including Of Revelation and Revolution (2 volumes, 1991 and 1997), Ethnography
and the Historical Imagination (1992), Modernity and Its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in
Africa (1993), Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa: Critical Perspective,
Problems, Paradoxes (1999), and Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism
greg downey
is a Lecturer in Anthropology at Macquarie University. He received his
Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1998. He is the author of Lessons in Cunning:
Learning Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Art (2005) and has published articles on sports and
performance in a range of journals. He is currently continuing his research on the
relationships among gender, violence, media, popular culture, and culturally induced
physiological change. His nonacademic experience includes a brief stint as a design
consultant for a Chicago-based design-planning firm.
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