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Witchcraft, Power and Politics Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld

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ISBN-10: 0745315585

ISBN-13: 9780745315584

Edition: 2001

Authors: Isak Niehaus, Eliazaar Mohlala, Kally Shokane

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This is an extraordinary contemporary account of witchcraft and witch-hunting in the modern world. It shows how witchcraft was politicised against the backdrop of the apartheid state.
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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 5/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Notes on Terminology
Introduction: Exploring Witchcraft, Power and Politics
Society, Cosmology and the Making of Witchcraft: Continuity and Change in the History of Green Valley, 1864-1995
Witches of the Lowveld and their Familiars: Conceptions of Duality, Power and Desire
Witchcraft and Whites: Further Notes on the Symbolic Constitution of Occult Power
Witches, Cognates, Affines and Neighbours: The Changing Distribution of Witchcraft Accusations
'A Witch Has No Horn': Social Tensions in the Subjective Reality of Witchcraft
Witch-Hunting and Political Legitimacy: Chiefs, Comrades and the Elimination of Evil, 1930-1989
The ANC's Dilemma: The Symbolic Politics of Four Witch-Hunts in the 1990s
Conclusion: Witchcraft and the Postcolonial State
Fieldwork Revisited
Public Perception Map of South Africa
The Witchcraft Suppression Act No. 3 of 1957
Details of the Alleged Witches Violently Attacked, Green Valley, 1971-1985
Details Pertaining to the Victims of Witch-Hunts Organised by the Comrades, Green Valley, 1986-1989
Details of those Accused of Witchcraft, Green Valley, The Christmas Witch-Hunts, 1990
Details of those Accused of Witchcraft, New Lines, Arthur's Seat, October 1993
Details of those Accused of Witchcraft, Rooiboklaagte, November 1994
The Witchcraft Control Act as Proposed by the Commission of Inquiry into Witchcraft Violence and Ritual Murders in the Northern Province of the Republic of South Africa
List of Maps
South Africa
Northeastern South Africa, Including former Bantustan Territories
Northeastern South Africa
The Wider Bushbuckridge Region, Indicating Villages
The Wider Bushbuckridge Region
Green Valley, Including Village Sections
List of Tables
Green Valley's Churches According to Years Founded and Adult Membership, August 1992
Diagnosis of the Underlying Causes of Clients' Problems by Sebongile Ndlovu and Ketebotse Mogale, Green Valley, February 1992
The Relationship between those Accused of Witchcraft and their Accuser(s), Green Valley, 1960-1995
The Relationship between those Accused of Witchcraft and their Assumed Victims, Green Valley, 1960-1995
The Relationship between the Assumed Victims of Witchcraft and their Accuser(s), Green Valley, 1960-1995
The Relationship between Plaintiffs and Defendants in Cases Brought Before the kgoro of the Setlhare Chief and Headmen, Green Valley, 1991-1995
The Marital Status of Adults in Sampled Households by Gender, Green Valley, 1991-1992
The Employment Status of Adults in Sampled Households by Gender and Marital Status, Green Valley, 1991-1992
List of Case Studies
The Headman's Wife
The Headman's Son
The Sexually Promiscuous Neighbour
The Troublesome Father-in-Law
The Cafe Owner and the Mamlambo
The Happy Widow
Affines, Inheritance and Witchcraft
Lebo Mnisi: Illness, Marital Strife and Dreams
Sarafina Maatsie: Deviance and the Tenacity of the Witch Label
Sam Makola: Genealogy and Mysterious Deaths
Albert Nziane: Dreams and Self-Confession
Harry Chiloane: Rumours of Resurrection
The Killing of a Poisoner
Assaulting a Witch
List of Figures
The Domestic Situation of Asa Mogogodi
The Genealogy of Chief Setlhare's Predecessors
The Domestic Situation of Prudence Maluleke