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Chthonic science: Georges Niangoran-Bouah and the anthropology of belonging in Côte d'Ivoire

Karel Arnaut (UGent) and Jan Blommaert (UGent)
(2009) AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST. 36(3). p.574-590
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Georges Niangoran-Bouah worked assiduously toward Africanizing national education, academia, and public culture in Cote d'Ivoire. As part of this venture, his research projects, including his study of "drummology," can be regarded as a quest for "chthonic" science, that is, an anthropology that uncovers and implements the deep tenets of African-Ivorian culture. Properly situated in its academic, ideological, and political umwelt, we demonstrate, Niangoran-Bouah's anthropology of belonging is not merely an instance of "closure" but must be seen as a multiform attempt to recover a "local" position as a way to participate in universal-global science.
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autochthony, postcolonial theory, Cote d'Ivoire, MODES, AFRICA, chthonic science, Niangoran-Bouah

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Arnaut, Karel, and Jan Blommaert. 2009. “Chthonic Science: Georges Niangoran-Bouah and the Anthropology of Belonging in Côte d’Ivoire.” American Ethnologist 36 (3): 574–590.
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Arnaut, K., & Blommaert, J. (2009). Chthonic science: Georges Niangoran-Bouah and the anthropology of belonging in Côte d’Ivoire. AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST, 36(3), 574–590. Presented at the 2nd European conference on African Studies.
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Arnaut K, Blommaert J. Chthonic science: Georges Niangoran-Bouah and the anthropology of belonging in Côte d’Ivoire. AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST. 2009;36(3):574–90.
MLA
Arnaut, Karel, and Jan Blommaert. “Chthonic Science: Georges Niangoran-Bouah and the Anthropology of Belonging in Côte d’Ivoire.” AMERICAN ETHNOLOGIST 36.3 (2009): 574–590. Print.
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  location     = {Leiden, The Netherlands},
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  title        = {Chthonic science: Georges Niangoran-Bouah and the anthropology of belonging in Côte d'Ivoire},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-1425.2009.01180.x},
  volume       = {36},
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