. “Captured on Film”: Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives

Robert J. Gordon

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
. “Captured on Film”: Bushmen and the Claptrap of Performative Primitives

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This chapter focuses on performative primitives in Africa. It examines how the Bushmen have become caught up in a dance that contains steps of their own devising but is at the same time staged by colonialism. It explains that performance is very much part of the ideological genealogy of the people of Kagga Kamma and suggests that those labeled Bushmen have actively and successfully exploited the ambiguities of their imposed identities.

Keywords: performative primitives; Africa; Bushmen; dance; performance; colonialism; ideological genealogy; Kagga Kamma

Chapter.  9347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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