Am seriously loving this book. It makes me wonder about all the gems I have back in Manchester and whether I have time to read them before The Shit Hits The Fan for me too (must never forget it has been and is hitting for many others, who tend not to be human, or white or – relatively speaking – rich).
Today there were lots of good bits, and one or two stand outs.
“Helping or Hindering? Controversies around the International Second-hand clothing trade” put me in mind of Tvind (the Danish outfit I was part of) which sold second-hand clothes in Africa and used the proceeds to fund local projects. I remember a controversy about pushing out local textiles, but it wasn’t based in fact, as I recall.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen has a good excerpt on Tourism (my favourite book on this is Tourists at the Taj, by Tim Edensor). David Lodge’s Paradise News is also hilarious, and connects to Margaret Kenna. By the magic of GoogleBooks…
Dianna Shady has a really good piece on Ugandan refugees in the USA, and how they try to keep old ways going in new settings…
Piece on cults, piece on Mary-love in Papua New Guinea.
To read – Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog, who gave birth to her first son during the siege at Wounded Knee.
Stage play entitled Sergeant Ola and his Followers
For me, the two standouts are
Arsenal in Bugamga: The Rise of English Premier League Football in Uganda, on the history and present of football in Uganda and the ways it creates new economic opportunities/dependencies/catastrophies and changes everyone’s sense of time and ritual.
…If the dinner to which I have already referred was postponed because of an EPL game, it transpires that such rescheduling is now a regular feature of village life. Indeed, within barely a fortnight of arrival in the field, I had already recorded one church service, one baptism ceremony and one wedding function that had been similarly rescheduled…” p.304)
The fascinating paper was on the Kayapo tribe and its resistance to attempted genocide, and all the wild stuff they got up to, including facing down illegal mines, basically staging sieges, and using the proceeds to buy a plane to patrol their borders. These were not folks begging and waiting for a white saviour.
And the excerpt concludes with how maybe white allies had to learn some lessons…
(puts me in mind of Sven Lindqvist detailing the Australian Aboriginal resistance at the turn of the 20th century, in the book “Terra Nullius”)