Гуманитарные науки → Witchcraft, Power And Politics: Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld
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Название: Witchcraft, Power And Politics: Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld
Автор: Isak Niehaus
Издательство: Pluto Press
Количество страниц: 264
Размер: 4 Mb
This is an extraordinary contemporary account of witchcraft and witch-hunting in the modern world. A powerful ethnographic study of witch-hunting in 1980s South Africa - a period of rapid social change with the dismantling of apartheid and the reinstating of the ANC - this book demonstrates the extent to which witchcraft must be seen, not as a residue of 'traditional' culture but as part of a complex social drama which is deeply embedded in contemporary political and economic processes. Isak Niehaus provides the context for this fascinating study of witchcraft practices. He shows how the witchcraft was politicized against the backdrop of the apartheid state, the liberation struggle and the establishment of the first post-apartheid regime all affected conceptions of witchcraft. Niehaus demonstrates how the ANC and other political groups used witchcraft beliefs to further their own agenda. He explores the increasingly conservative role of the chiefs and the Christian church. In the process, he reveals the fraught nature of intergenerational and gender relations.
The result is a truly insightful and theoretically engaged account of a much-studied but frequently misunderstood practice.