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Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors and Gossip

ISBN-10: 052100473X
ISBN-13: 9780521004732
Edition: 2004
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Description: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip combines two classic topics in social anthropology in a new synthesis: the study of witchcraft and sorcery and the study of rumours and gossip. It shows how rumour and gossip are invariably important as  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip combines two classic topics in social anthropology in a new synthesis: the study of witchcraft and sorcery and the study of rumours and gossip. It shows how rumour and gossip are invariably important as catalysts for accusations of witchcraft and sorcery, and demonstrates the role of rumour and gossip in the genesis of social and political violence, as in the case of both peasant rebellions and witch-hunts. Examples supporting the argument are drawn from Africa, Europe, India, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. They include discussions of witchcraft trials in Essex, England in the seventeenth century, witch-hunts and vampire narratives in colonial and contemporary Africa, millenarian movements in New Guinea, the Indian Mutiny in nineteenth-century Uttar Pradesh, and rumours of construction sacrifice in Indonesia.

Dr Pamela J. Stewart is Research Associate in Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburg, USA.

Michael Lambek is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and editor for the Anthropological Horizons series with University of Toronto Press.

Saba Mahmood is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Foreword
Witchcraft and Sorcery: Modes of Analysis
Rumor and Gossip: An Overview
Africa
India
New Guinea
European and American Witchcraft
Rumors and Violence
Conclusions: Conflict and Cohesion
References
Index

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