The Work of Zion: An Analysis of an African Zionist Ritual

African Zionist ritual is a healing rite, but it makes demands on the patience of the participants. The author is particularly interested in the following paradox: despite an absence of overall control there are visible signs that control is somehow being exercised. Sections: the structure of the meeting – phase of constitution – statement of purpose – division of functions – the expression of powers. Conclusion: there is not a simple progression from disorder to order; rather it is the working out of a complex dialectic between the two. Notes, ref., rsum en franais.

Title: The Work of Zion: An Analysis of an African Zionist Ritual
Author: Kiernan, James P.
Year: 1976
Periodical: Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume: 46
Issue: 4
Pages: 340-356
Language: English
Geographic terms: Southern Africa
South Africa
Africa
External links: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159298
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Abstract: African Zionist ritual is a healing rite, but it makes demands on the patience of the participants. The author is particularly interested in the following paradox: despite an absence of overall control there are visible signs that control is somehow being exercised. Sections: the structure of the meeting – phase of constitution – statement of purpose – division of functions – the expression of powers. Conclusion: there is not a simple progression from disorder to order; rather it is the working out of a complex dialectic between the two. Notes, ref., rsum en franais.