Recalling the Belgian Congo Conversations and Introspection. By MARIE-BENEDICTA DEMBOUR. (New Directions in Anthropology, 9). Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2000. Pp. xx+235. [poundssterling]45 (ISBN I-57181-945-2).
KEY WORDS: Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo), colonial, oral narratives, method.
During the 1980s and 1990s many luminaries in social anthropology became obsessed with subjectivity. Dismissing earlier work by participant observers as irretrievably biased, they sought ways to justify the continuation of their investigations in a new and less tainted form. Marie-Benedicta Dembour is one of the …