The Modernity Of Witchcraft Modernity Of Witchcraft / Edition 1

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Overview

To many Westerners, the disappearance of African traditions of witchcraft might seem inevitable wuth continued modernization. In The Modernity of Witchcraft, Peter Geschieres uses his own experiences among the Maka and in other parts of eastern and southern Cameroon, as well as other anthropological research, to argue that contemporary ideas and practices of witchcraft are more a response to modern exigencies than a lingering cultural custom. The prevalence of witchcraft, especially in African politics and entrepreneurship, demonstrates the unlikely balance it has achieved with the forces of modernity. Geshiere explores why modern techniques and commodities, usually of Western Provenance, have become central in rumors of the occult.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813917030
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 1,353,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Geschiere is Professor of African Anthropology at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He is the author of Pathways to Accumulation in Cameroon, Old Modes of Production and Capitalist Encroachment, and Village Communties and the State.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English Language Edition
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Witchcraft as Political Discourse 1
2 A Full Belly: The Maka and the Djambe 26
Comparative Interstice 1: The Variable Faces of Sorcery and Witchcraft 61
3 Witchcraft and Local Politics: The Dialectics of Equality and Ambition 69
4 Witchcraft and National Politics: The Paradoxes of the New Elite 97
Comparative Interstice 2: The Temptations of Power 131
5 Witchcraft and the Art of Getting Rich: Regional Variations 137
6 The State Attacks: A Judiciary Offensive against Witches 169
7 Balance 198
Afterword:The Meanderings of Anthropological Discourse on Witchcraft 215
Notes 225
Bibliography 283
Index 301
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