Priests, Witches and Power: Popular Christianity after Mission in Southern Tanzania

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In the aftermath of colonial mission, Christianity has come to have widespread acceptance in Southern Tanzania. In this book, Maia Green explores contemporary Catholic practice in a rural community of Southern Tanzania. Setting the adoption of Christianity and the suppression of witchcraft in a historical context, she suggests that power relations established during the colonial period continue to hold between both popular Christianity and orthodoxy, and local populations and indigenous clergy. Paradoxically, ...
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Overview

In the aftermath of colonial mission, Christianity has come to have widespread acceptance in Southern Tanzania. In this book, Maia Green explores contemporary Catholic practice in a rural community of Southern Tanzania. Setting the adoption of Christianity and the suppression of witchcraft in a historical context, she suggests that power relations established during the colonial period continue to hold between both popular Christianity and orthodoxy, and local populations and indigenous clergy. Paradoxically, while local practices around the constitution of kinship and personhood remain defiantly free of Christian elements, they inform a popular Christianity experienced as a system of substances and practices. This book offers a challenge to idealist and interpretative accounts of African participation in twentieth-century religious forms, and argues for a politically grounded analysis of historical processes. It will appeal widely to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology and African Studies; particularly those interested in religion and kinship.
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"The author's main argument... is well taken, while her focus on contemporary social and ritual practice is informative.... The ethnographic material is rich, and her theoretical perspective is sophisticated." Choice
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MAIA GREEN is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester
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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Global Christianity and the structure of power 1
2 Colonial conquest and the consolidation of marginality 14
3 Evangelisation in Ulanga 34
4 The persistence of mission 46
5 Popular Christianity 60
6 Kinship and the creation of relationship 75
7 Engendering power 91
8 Women's work 107
9 Witchcraft suppression practices and movements 120
10 Matters of substance 141
Notes 145
List of references 156
Index 168
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