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Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Process in Madagascar

Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of Democratic Process in Madagascar

Jennifer Jackson

ISBN: 978-1-118-30615-4

Jan 2013

288 pages

$88.99

Description

Jackson traces the lively skirmishes between Madagascar’s political cartoonists and politicians whose cartooning and public oratory reveal an ever-shifting barometer of democracy in the island nation. 

  • The first anthropological study of the role of language and rhetoric in reshaping democracy
  • Maps the dynamic relationship between formalized oratory, satire, and political change in Madagascar
  • A fascinating analysis of the extraordinary Ciceronian features of kabary, a style of formal public oratory long abandoned in the West
  • Documents the management by United States Democrat campaign advisors of a foreign presidential bid, unprecedented in the post-colonial era

List of Figures viii

Note on Orthography x

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiv

1 Introduction: ""Look Out! The Sleeping Locusts Awake"" 1

2 A History of Language and Politics in Madagascar 18

3 The Structural and Social Organization of Kabary Politika 65

4 The Structural and Social Organization of Kisarisary Politika (Political Cartooning) 92

5 Building Publics through Interanimating and Shifting Registers 117

6 ""Stop Acting Like a Slave"": The Ideological and Aesthetic Dimensions of Syntax and Register in Political Kabary and Political Cartooning 157

7 ""That's What You Think"": Arguing Representations of Truth in Language 193

8 Conclusion: The Constraints and Possibilities of Democracy 214

Index 241

""It is highly recommended to all and Wiley-Blackwell should be persuaded to circulate a reasonably priced paper edition immediately.”  (American Ethnologist, 16 February 2014)