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Witchcraft, intimacy, and trust : Africa in comparison

Auteur(s) : Geschiere, Peter (Aut.)Description matérielle : xxviii-293 p. ; 24 cm.Publication : Chicago : University of Chicago press, 2013.Cote : G.4729Note : Bibliographie. p. 267-285. Index.  Thématique : Ethnologie | SorcellerieThématique spécifique : Relations de parenté | Relations de voisinage | Relations familiales | Relations interpersonnelles | Intimité | Confiance | Guérisseur | Relations ville-campagne | Accusation | Libéralisme | Globalisation | Pentecôtisme | Candomblé | Occultisme
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Introduction: the dangers of home_ ethnographical and conceptual explorations --

Witchcraft: the pitfalls of a notion --

Academic discourse and the dangers of a panacea notion --

Witchcraft and the dangers within --

Continuity and new beginnings --

Intimacy and the uncanny --

The struggle over trust --



Witchcraft , intimacy, and changing perceptions of distance: African examples --

Changing parameters of intimacy and distance --

An urban elite attacked by witchcraft --

Urban witchcraft attacks the village --

Witchcraft brings the village to the city --

Witchcraft, distance, and the post-cold wwar crisis --

Feymen and their magic money: beyond kinship? --

"Bushfallers", transcontinental migration, and the stretching of kinship/witchcraft --

Intimacy and new distances --


To trust a witch --

Trust: rational, ontological, or historical? --

Trust and doubt: the recourse to the "nganga" (healer) --

Ambuguities of the "nganga" --

Modern "nganga" and the fear of charlatans --

A new solution: God's work as as the basis for ultimate trust --

Everyday ways of coping --


Comparative perspectives I: witches, neighbors, and the closure of "the house" in Europe --

Historians and anthropologists on witchcraft: rapprochements and distancing --

Witchcraft and state formation: Europe and Africa --

Witchcraft, proximity, and kinship in early modern Europe --

An African reading --

The dangers of intimacy: neighbors or family? --

Favert-Saada on the bocage: "désorceleurs" denouncing neighbors --

Closing or stretching "the house" --


Comparative perspective II: Candomblé de Bahia _ between witchcraft and religion --

Candomblé: commonalities with and differences from Africa --

History: from witchcraft to religion _ the struggle for purity --

National identity and regional politics --

"Feiticaria" versus purity --

Candomblé: on the frontier: everydaystruggles against evil --

Candomblé: the occult,as a basis for trust? --


Further comparisons: Melanesia and Java_ontological differences or aphasia before "the uncanny" --

Africa and Melanesia: different ontologies? --

Java: "post-suharto witches" and the uncanny --



Back to trust: new distances, new challenges --

Witcraft on creen: changing parametersof intimacy and trust --

Pentecostalism, the devil, and the scaling up of witchcraft --

Child witches in Kinshasa: transformations of witchcraft and kinship --

Satan and the spirits in islamic Africa --

Mediation, increase of scale, and trust: African specificities --

Une didactique contre la sorcellerie?












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