Bob W. White

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence



Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada


Mailing Address

Département d'Anthropologie
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128
Succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal, Québec
H3C 3J7

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: (514) 343-7329
fax: (514) 343-2494

Countries of Specialization

Congo (Democratic Republic)

Research Interests

popular culture in Africa, performance, cultural
commodities, Congolese popular dance music, anthropology of cities, visual
anthropology, cultural policy, colonial history, tourism.

Ph.D. dissertation: Modernity's Spiral: Popular Culture, Mastery and the
Politics of Dance Music in Congo-Kinshasa.

Teaching Interests

ethnographic film, popular culture, Sub-Saharan Africa,
politics of "World Music".


"Soukouss or Sell-Out? Congolese Popular Dance Music on the World
Market." In Commodities and Globalization: Anthropological
Perspectives. Ed. by Angelique Haugerud, M. Priscilla Stone, and
Peter D. Little. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. 2000.

"Modernity's Trickster: 'Dipping' and 'Throwing' in Congolese Popular
Dance Music." Research in African Literatures. Special Issue
on Performance. Fall 1999.

Singing the Sponsor: Popular Music and Micropolitics in Mobutuland and
After. C.A.A.S. working paper weries; no. 44. (pp. 1-30)
Ann Arbor, Michigan: Center for Afroamerican and African Studies,
University of Michigan, 1997.

"Talk About School: Education and the Colonial Project in French and
British Africa." The Journal of Comparative Education. Volume 32:
1 (1996): 9-25. Bristol, U.K.


ethnographic film ; popular culture ; Sub-Saharan Africa ; world music ; Africa ; Congo-Kinshasa.