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Spiders of the Market : Ghanaian Trickster Performance in a Web of Neoliberalism

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The Ghanaian trickster-spider, Ananse, is a deceptive figure full of comic delight who blurs the lines of class, politics, and morality. David Afriyie Donkor identifies social performance as a way to understand trickster behavior within the shifting process of political legitimization in Ghana, revealing stories that exploit the social ideologies of economic neoliberalism and political democratization. At the level of policy, neither ideology was completely successful, but Donkor shows how the Ghanaian government was crafty in selling the ideas to the people, adapting trickster-rooted performance techniques to reinterpret citizenship and the common good. Trickster performers rebelled against this takeover of their art and sought new ways to out trick the tricksters.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 327g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 11 b&w illus., 1 table, 11 video
  • 0253021456
  • 9780253021458

Table of contents

Introduction
1. From State to Market: The History of a Social Compact
2. Once Upon a Spider: Ananse and the Counterhegemonic Trickster Ethos
3. Selling the President: Stand-Up Comedy and the Politricks of Endorsement
4. Ma Red's Maneuvers: Popular Theater and "Progressive" Culture
5. In the House of Stories: Village Aspirations and Heritage Tourism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Review quote

By sharing the performance experiences, rather than texts, Donkor accomplishes the challenging task of introducing rare theatre performances in a particularly compelling context for a Western readership in a global age. * Theatre Survey *
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About David Afriyie Donkor

David Afriyie Donkor is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. He is an actor and a director who has adapted several folktales, personal narratives, and literary works for the stage. His scholarly work is published in Ghana Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Survey, and TDR.
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