Eating and Being Eaten: Cannibalism as Food for Thought by Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Eating and Being Eaten: Cannibalism as Food for Thought

EditorFrancis B. Nyamnjoh

Paperback | June 7, 2018

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This innovative book is an open invitation to a rich and copious meal of imagination, senses and desires. It argues that cannibalism is practised by all and sundry. In love or in hate, fear or fascination, purposefulness or indifference, individuals, cultures and societies are actively cannibalising and being cannibalised. The underlying message of: ‘Own up to your own cannibalism!’ is convincingly argued and richly substantiated. The book brilliantly and controversially puts cannibalism at the heart of the self-assured biomedicine, globalising consumerism and voyeuristic social media. It unveils a vast number of prejudices, blind spots and shameful othering. It calls on the reader to consider a morality and an ethics that are carefully negotiated with required sensibility and sensitivity to the fact that no one and no people have the monopoly of cannibalisation and of creative improvisation in the game of cannibalism. The productive, transformative and (re)inventive understanding of cannibalism argued in the book should bring to the fore one of the most vital aspects of what it means to be human in a dynamic world of myriad interconnections and enchantments. To nourish and cherish such a productive form of cannibalism requires not only a compassionate generosity to let in and accommodate the stranger knocking at the door, but also, and more importantly, a deliberate effort to reach in, identify, contemplate, understand, embrace and become intimate with the stranger within us, individuals and societies alike.

Francis B. Nyamnjoh joined the University of Cape Town in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal, where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009. He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication stud...
Title:Eating and Being Eaten: Cannibalism as Food for ThoughtFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:358 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.74 inShipping dimensions:358 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.74 inPublished:June 7, 2018Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9956550965

ISBN - 13:9789956550968

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Cannibalism as Food for Thought
2 The Violence of Translating People into Cannibals: The Man-Eating Anthropologists
3 Incorporated or Cannibalised by Posthuman Others? Sanctions and Witchcraft in Contemporary
4 ‘The Body of Christ? Amen’: Christianity and the Cannibalisation of the  Bamenda Grassfielders (Cameroon) Zimbabwe
5 Researching Cannibalising Obligations in Post-apartheid South Africa
6 Lehu la gago le ya mphidisha ‘your death nourishes me’
7 Rainbow Nation of the Flesh
8 My African Heart: The Obscure Gourmandise of an Enlightened Man
9 Consumerisation of cannibalism in contemporary Japanese society

Editorial Reviews

‘This book is an important call to think about cannibalism beyond the traditional premise of hierarchy and the terms of accusations it engenders. It is critical that we bring more perspectives from the global south (to remain within the frame imposed by contemporary parlances) in the recalibration of our categories of thoughts. In addition, the book channels the reader into the intellectual challenge of creating new paths of (for) understandings beside the usual explorations of paths already traced for us by others. The authors turn cannibalism upside down, reversing the course of interpretations from us to them without losing perspective of transcendence. In other words, it is not a mere intellectual vengeance but an exercise in pushing for better understanding of human conditions.’ - Louis Herns Marcelin, Professor of Social Sciences, University of Miami, United States; Chancellor, Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), Haiti.‘The present volume, spearheaded by Francis Nyamnjoh’s remarkable essay, takes an important step further from merely bemoaning the misrepresentations of various others by European colonial powers. If the studies assembled here did little more than restate the humanity of a narrowly-conceived cannibalism’s victims, they would themselves reassert victimhood as the register in which the debate on cannibalism has to be conducted. Instead, Nyamnjoh develops his key observation that “to feed on someone’s life chances is tantamount to feeding on someone’s flesh” into a far more challenging proposition than what is possible within the identity-obsessed campaigns of the twenty-first century. He throws down the gauntlet of incompleteness to confront the clamour of identities, victims, reparations.’ - Harri Englund, Professor of Social Anthropology and the former Director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge.