Bob W. White

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Bob W. White is an associate professor of social anthropology at the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. White earned his Ph.D. from McGill University in 1998, his M.A. from McGill University in 1993 and his B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988.[1] His research interests are popular music in Africa, especially in Congo-Kinshasa, theory of cross-cultural understanding, popular culture, medias, epistemology and ethnographic fieldwork.


White's publications are written in French and English:

  • The Listening Other: An Anthropological Theory of Intercultural Knowledge (to be published)
  • Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters, Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, May 2011[2]
  • Musique populaire et société à Kinshasa : Une ethnographie de l’écoute, Edited with Lye M. Yoka. Paris : Éditions L’Harmattan, 2010[3]
  • Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu’s Zaire, Duke University Press, 2008[4]


White won two prizes for his book the Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu’s Zaire. It won the Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology in 2009 and the Joel Gregory Prize in African Studies in 2010.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "WHITE, Bob W.". Département d'anthropologie - Université de Montréal. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters (Tracking Globalization) Paperback". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Musique populaire et société à Kinshasa: une ethnographie de l'écoute". Google Books. 
  4. ^ "Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu’s Zaire". Duke University Press. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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