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Witchcraft, violence, and democracy in South Africa

Author: Adam Ashforth
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Large numbers of people in Soweto & other parts of South Africa live in fear of witchcraft, presenting complex & unique problems for the government. Adam Ashforth explores the challenge of occult violence & the spiritual insecurity that it engenders to democratic rule in South Africa.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Ashforth
ISBN: 0226029735 9780226029733 0226029743 9780226029740
OCLC Number: 55502801
Description: xx, 396 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: Spiritual insecurity and political power --
Dimensions of insecurity in contemporary Soweto --
On living in a world with witches --
Freedom, democracy, and witchcraft : Soweto in the 1990s --
On believing, and not believing, in witchcraft --
Poison, medicine, and the power of secret knowledge --
Death, pollution, and the dangers of dirt --
A brief history of the spirit world --
Invisible beings in everyday life --
Vulnerabilities of the soul --
Witchcraft, violence, and justice --
Democratic statecraft in a world of witches.
Responsibility: Adam Ashforth.
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Large numbers of people in Soweto & other parts of South Africa live in fear of witchcraft, presenting complex & unique problems for the government. Adam Ashforth explores the challenge of occult violence & the spiritual insecurity that it engenders to democratic rule in South Africa.

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