Spirits in Politics: Uncertainties of Power and Healing in African Societies

Spirits in Politics: Uncertainties of Power and Healing in African Societies


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783593399157
Publisher: Campus Verlag
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara Meier is a social anthropologist who works as a sen­ior researcher with the Cluster of Excellence, “Religion and Politics,” at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster in Germany. Arne S. Steinforth is a social anthropologist who teaches in the Institute of Ethnology at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster, Germany.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Preface Todd Sanders 9

Part I Assessing Uncertainties of Power and Healing

Power and Healing in African Politics: An Introduction Barbara Meier Victor Igreja Arne S. Steinforth 15

Spirits in Politics: Some Theoretical Reflections Stephen Ellis Gerrie ter Haar 37

Witchcraft and the Colonial Life of the Fetish Florence Bernault 49

Part II Curing Personal Misfortune

Remedies of Restoration: Evocation of Potency in Zanzibari Everyday Life Politics Kjersti Larsen 73

Spirit Idioms and the Politics of Context Thomas G. Kirsch 91

Witchcraft as Subtext: Deep Knowledge and the South African Public Sphere Isak Niehaus 115

Part III Mending Uncertainties of Power

The Spirit in the Voting Booth: Democracy and Cosmology in Malawi Arne S. Steinforth 135

Spiritual Modernization: Fighting 'Paganism' in Igboland Johannes Harnischfeger 157

Part IV Reconciling Post-Conflict Societies

The Politics of Spirits, Justice, and Social Transformation in Mozambique Victor Igreja Limore Racin 181

Poro Spirits and Political Transformation among the K&revcipa;&revcipa;-Mεnde of Sierra Leone John M. Combey 205

Powerful Spirits and Weak Rulers: Prophets' Authority in Acholi Conflict Barbara Meier 223


Contributors 249

Index 253

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