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Questioning Misfortune: The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda
     

Questioning Misfortune: The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda

by Susan Reynolds Whyte
 
This study of adversity and its social causes in rural Uganda considers how people deal with life's uncertainties - sickne ss, suffering, marital problems, failure, and death. Divination may identify causes of misfortune, ranging from ancestors and spirits to sorcerors. Sufferers and their families will then try out a variety of remedial measures, including

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This study of adversity and its social causes in rural Uganda considers how people deal with life's uncertainties - sickne ss, suffering, marital problems, failure, and death. Divination may identify causes of misfortune, ranging from ancestors and spirits to sorcerors. Sufferers and their families will then try out a variety of remedial measures, including pharmaceuticals, sorcery substances, and sacrifices. But remedies often fail, and doubt and uncertainty persist. The peril of AIDS can also be understood in terms of the existing pattern of uncertainty.

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"...a fascinating study of the Ugandan Nyole people's experience with adversity. The discussion of AIDS alone makes Whyte's study mandatory reading for anyone interested in health issues in Africa." Mark Howard, Medical Anthropology Quarterly

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ISBN-13:
9780521594028
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/08/1998
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology Series , #4
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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