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Bewitching Development Witchcraft and the Reinvention of Development in Neoliberal Kenya

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ISBN-10: 0226764583

ISBN-13: 9780226764580

Edition: 2008

Authors: James Howard Smith

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These days, development inspires scant trust in the West. For critics who condemn centralized efforts to plan African societies as latter day imperialism, such plans too closely reflect their roots in colonial rule and neoliberal economics. But proponents of this pessimistic view often ignore how significant this concept has become for Africans themselves. InBewitching Development, James Howard Smith presents a close ethnographic account of how people in the Taita Hills of Kenya have appropriated and made sense of development thought and practice, focusing on the complex ways that development connects with changing understandings of witchcraft. Similar to magic, development's promise of a better world elicits both hope and suspicion from Wataita. Smith shows that the unforeseen changes wrought by developmentgreater wealth for some, dashed hopes for many morefoster moral debates that Taita people express in occult terms. By carefully chronicling the beliefs and actions of this diverse communityfrom frustrated youths to nostalgic seniors, duplicitous preachers to thought-provoking witch doctorsBewitchingDevelopmentvividly depicts the social life of formerly foreign ideas and practices in postcolonial Africa.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Preface
Bewitching Development: The Disintegration and Reinvention of Development in Kenya
I Still Exist! Taita Historicity
Development's Other: Witchcraft as Development through the Looking Glass
"Each Household Is a Kingdom": Development and Witchcraft at Home
"Dot Com Will Die Seriously!" Spatiotemporal Miscommunication and Competing Sovereignties in Taita Thought and Ritual
NGOs, Gender, and the Sovereign Child
Democracy Victorious: Exorcising Witchcraft from Development
Conclusion: Tempopolitics, Or Why Development Should Not Be Defined as the Improvement of Living Standards
Notes
References
Index