Political Oratory and Cartooning: An Ethnography of by Jennifer Jackson

By Jennifer Jackson

Jackson strains the energetic skirmishes among Madagascar’s political cartoonists and politicians whose cartooning and public oratory demonstrate an ever-shifting barometer of democracy within the island nation. 

  • The first anthropological research of the function of language and rhetoric in reshaping democracy
  • Maps the dynamic dating among formalized oratory, satire, and political switch in Madagascar
  • A interesting research of the intense Ciceronian positive aspects of kabary, a method of formal public oratory lengthy deserted within the West
  • Documents the administration through usa Democrat crusade advisors of a international presidential bid, remarkable within the post-colonial era

Chapter 1 advent: “Look Out! The napping Locusts wide awake” (pages 1–17):
Chapter 2 A background of Language and Politics in Madagascar (pages 18–64):
Chapter three The Structural and Social association of Kabary Politika (pages 65–91):
Chapter four The Structural and Social association of Kisarisary Politika (Political Cartooning) (pages 92–116):
Chapter five development Publics via Interanimating and transferring Registers (pages 117–156):
Chapter 6 “Stop performing Like a Slave”: The Ideological and Aesthetic Dimensions of Syntax and sign in in Political Kabary and Political Cartooning (pages 157–192):
Chapter 7 “That's What You Think”: Arguing Representations of fact in Language (pages 193–213):
Chapter eight end: the limitations and chances of Democracy (pages 214–240):

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Gaining the allimportant public endorsement of the former colonial power, France, Ravalomanana met with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin to sign four aid agreements that would support the development of the country under the new administration. Aside from the force, resources, and appeal of the US-style campaign that saw Marc Ravalomanana to victory, the churches played an integral role in assuring this ardent Protestant’s success in taking power and getting the support of the people (BBC January 22, 2003).

A new Constitution was drafted and ratified in 1998. The principal institutions of the Republic of Madagascar are a presidency, a parliament (National Assembly and Senate), a prime ministry and cabinet, and an independent judiciary. Madagascar is the fourth largest island on earth. Its population in 1994, when I first arrived, was 12 million. Today, it has nearly doubled to 20 million. It is located roughly 500 kilometers from the continent of Africa, just across the Mozambique Channel from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

These modes of linguistic praxis, then, as historically and culturally contingent, serve as new forms of political representations to express ideas and to index emerging social formations shaping the state and civil society, and therefore, what democracy looks like. This ethnography explores and clarifies three important issues that consider the productive role of political oratory and cartooning in political process. First, it explores the relations between political agency, social identity, and culturally situated modes of political representation at play in democratic process.

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