Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo
Conclusion: Privileging Gesture and Bodies in Studies of Religion and Power
2016. "Conclusion: Privileging Gesture and Bodies in Studies of Religion and Power", Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo, Yolanda Covington-Ward
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The conclusion of the book summarizes the major findings, emphasizing the multivalent meanings and uses of bimpampa, zakama, and makinu over time and in different contexts, and noting the importance of embodied performances in everyday social interactions for both constituting and challenging secular and religious authority and supporting nationalism. The chapter returns to three themes in regards to the body in studies of religion, nationalism, and power: the body as center, conduit, and catalyst. The chapter also provides suggestions for future research and lines of inquiry by discussing the significance of this study for research on embodied practices across the Atlantic in the New World.