Naming the Witch

ISBN-10: 0804751951

ISBN-13: 9780804751957

Edition: 2006

Authors: James Siegel

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Naming the Witchexplores the recent series of witchcraft accusations and killings in East Java, which spread as the Suharto regime slipped into crisis and then fell. After many years of ethnographic work focusing on the origins and nature of violence in Indonesia, Siegel came to the conclusion that previous anthropological explanations of witchcraft and magic, mostly based on sociological conceptions but also including the work of E.E. Evans-Pritchard and Claude Lévi-Strauss, were simply inadequate to the task of providing a full understanding of the phenomena associated with sorcery, and particularly with the ideas of power connected with it. Previous explanations have tended to see witchcraft in simple opposition to modernism and modernity (enchantment vs. disenchantment). The author sees witchcraft as an effect of culture, when the latter is incapable of dealing with accident, death, and the fear of the disintegration of social and political relations. He shows how and why modernization and witchcraft can often be companions, as people strive to name what has hitherto been unnameable.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

James Siegel lives on Long Island, New York.

Introduction
The Magic Word
The Truth of Sorcery
Voodoo Death
Institutionalizing Accident
Witches Resurrected
Suharto, Witches
Menace from All Directions
No Witch Appears
Naming the Witch
Acknowledgments
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