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Peter Geschiere; The Modernity of Witchcraft: Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa

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The Modernity of Witchcraft: Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa Paperback – April 29, 1997
by Peter Geschiere  (Author)
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.
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About 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.



Product Details
  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; 50977th edition (April 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813917034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813917030
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds



Источник: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813917034/theassoofreli-20


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