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The Resource Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust : Africa in comparison, Peter Geschiere

Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust : Africa in comparison, Peter Geschiere

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Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust : Africa in comparison
Title
Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust
Title remainder
Africa in comparison
Statement of responsibility
Peter Geschiere
Title variation
Witchcraft, intimacy, & trust
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Dante's Inferno, the lowest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors, those who betrayed their closest companions. In a wide range of literatures and mythologies such intimate aggression is a source of ultimate terror, and in Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust, Peter Geschiere masterfully sketches it as a central ember at the core of human relationships, one brutally revealed in the practice of witchcraft. Examining witchcraft in its variety of forms throughout the globe, he shows how this often misunderstood practice is deeply structured by intimacy and the powers it affords. In doing so, he offers not only a comprehensive look at contemporary witchcraft but also a fresh--if troubling--new way to think about intimacy itself. Geschiere begins in the forests of southeast Cameroon with the Maka, who fear "witchcraft of the house" above all else. Drawing a variety of local conceptions of intimacy into a global arc, he tracks notions of the home and family--and witchcraft's transgression of them--throughout Africa, Europe, Brazil, and Oceania, showing that witchcraft provides powerful ways of addressing issues that are crucial to social relationships. Indeed, by uncovering the link between intimacy and witchcraft in so many parts of the world, he paints a provocative picture of human sociality that scrutinizes some of the most prevalent views held by contemporary social science. One of the few books to situate witchcraft in a global context, Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust is at once a theoretical tour de force and an empirically rich and lucid take on a difficult-to- understand spiritual practice and the private spaces throughout the world it so greatly affects."--Publisher's description
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Geschiere, Peter
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Witchcraft
  • Witchcraft
  • Witchcraft
  • Intimacy (Psychology)
  • Trust
  • Intimacy (Psychology)
  • Trust
  • Witchcraft
  • Witchcraft
  • Witchcraft
  • Africa
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Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust : Africa in comparison, Peter Geschiere
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 267-285)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The dangers of home: ethnographical and conceptual explorations -- Witchcraft, intimacy, and changing perceptions of distance: African examples -- To trust a witch -- Comparative perspectives I: witches, neighbors, and the closure of "the House" in Europe -- Comparative perspectives II: Candomblé de Bahia: between witchcraft and religion -- Further comparisons: Melanesia and Java: ontological differences or aphasia before "the uncanny" -- Back to trust: new distances, new challenges
Control code
ocn833574137
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxviii, 293 pages
Isbn
9780226047751
Lccn
2013007997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022616947
Label
Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust : Africa in comparison, Peter Geschiere
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 267-285)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The dangers of home: ethnographical and conceptual explorations -- Witchcraft, intimacy, and changing perceptions of distance: African examples -- To trust a witch -- Comparative perspectives I: witches, neighbors, and the closure of "the House" in Europe -- Comparative perspectives II: Candomblé de Bahia: between witchcraft and religion -- Further comparisons: Melanesia and Java: ontological differences or aphasia before "the uncanny" -- Back to trust: new distances, new challenges
Control code
ocn833574137
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxviii, 293 pages
Isbn
9780226047751
Lccn
2013007997
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022616947

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