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Medicine murder in colonial Lesotho : the anatomy of a moral crisis

Medicine murder in colonial Lesotho : the anatomy of a moral crisis

Author: Colin Murray; Peter Sanders
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2007.
Series: International African library, 31.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Transferred to digital print. 2007View all editions and formats

This book offers some comprehensive answers to difficult, complex and controversial questions on the topic of 'medicine murder'.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Murray; Peter Sanders
ISBN: 0748622845 9780748622849
OCLC Number: 740881323
Description: XIII, 493 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme, Karten.
Contents: Maps Tables, Figure and Graphs Photographs Preface Note on names, orthography and pronunciation Abbreviations INTRODUCTION 1 A defining moment 1 Official and popular reaction 4 Key questions 8 Investigating medicine murder 11 'Ritual murder': the potential for broader study 16 Part I MEDICINE MURDER: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND, POLITICAL CONTEXT AND CASE STUDIES CHAPTER 1 Basutoland: 'a very prickly hedgehog' 20 A policy of benign neglect 21 Economic failure and chiefly abuse 30 The Pim Report 38 The Khubelu reforms of 1938 41 The Treasury reforms of 1946 46 Disputes over the succession 51 CASE STUDY ONE The case of the cobbler's head: Morija, 1945 68 'A migratory body' 68 The investigation 72 The preparatory examination and the trial 77 The judgement 83 Discords 89 CHAPTER 2 Medicine murder: belief and incidence 97 Sesotho beliefs in medicine 98 Early evidence of medicine murder 107 The incidence of medicine murder: 'a very startling increase'? 109 CASE STUDY TWO 'The chiefs of today have turned against the people': Koma-Koma, 1948 128 'Something going on in this village' 130 The investigation and the preparatory examination 137 The High Court trial and the judgement 140 Struggles in the Makhabane chieftainship 145 Allegations of police misconduct 147 The failure of appeal 156 CHAPTER 3 Medicine murder: the debates of the late 1940s 161 'This country is ! overcast with a terrible cloud' 162 Chiefs, politicians and police 165 The High Commissioner, the chieftainship and the question of incorporation 171 Towards a climax of despair 177 CASE STUDY THREE The 'battle of the medicine horns': 'Mamathe's, late 1940s 186 Two murders 187 Motives and context: two principals 192 Motives and context: the lesser players 199 The judgement 204 Allegations against the police and the accomplice witnesses 207 The appeal: accomplice evidence 210 Aftermath 214 CHAPTER 4 Narrative and counter-narrative: explaining medicine murder 222 Commission of Enquiry, 1949 222 Reaction to the Jones report, 1951 233 The official narrative: heart of darkness 241 The counter-narrative: false incrimination 246 CASE STUDY FOUR 'A most unsavoury state of affairs': Mokhotlong, 1940s-1950s 260 A significant cluster? 262 Mokhotlong District: a political history 265 Medicine murder in 'Mant
Series Title: International African library, 31.
Responsibility: Colin Murray and Peter Sanders.


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A stunning contribution to studies which seek to get under the skin of the relationship between violence and political power in Africa ! This book is destined to be one of the classics of African Read more...

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