Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa

ISBN-10: 0226029743
ISBN-13: 9780226029740
Edition: 2005
Authors: Adam Ashforth
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Large numbers of people in Soweto & other parts of South Africa live in fear of witchcraft, presenting complex & unique problems for the government. Adam Ashforth explores the challenge of occult violence & the spiritual insecurity that it engenders to democratic rule in South Africa.

Adam Ashforth is the Helmut F. Stern Professor in the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Nomenclature
Introduction
Soweto
Spiritual Insecurity and Political Power
Dimensions of Insecurity in Contemporary Soweto
On Living in a World with Witches
Freedom, Democracy, and Witchcraft: Soweto in the 1990s
On Believing, and Not Believing, in Witchcraft
Sources of Spiritual Insecurity
Poison, Medicine, and the Power of Secret Knowledge
Death, Pollution, and the Dangers of Dirt
A Brief History of the Spirit World
Invisible Beings in Everyday Life
Vulnerabilities of the Soul
Spiritual Insecurity and the State
Witchcraft, Violence, and Justice
Democratic Statecraft in a World of Witches
Epilogue
The Literature on Soweto—a Brief Excursus
The Thohoyandou Declaration on Ending Witchcraft Violence, Issued by the Commission on Gender Equality
Selected Bibliography
Index

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