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by Adam Ashforth

  • ISBN: 0226029743
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  • Author: Adam Ashforth
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2005)
  • Pages: 376 pages
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Adam Ashforth is professor of Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan

Adam Ashforth is professor of Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Madumo: A Man Bewitched and Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa, both published by the University of Chicago Press. This item: Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

This monograph explores different aspects of such "spiritual insecurity" -that is, the anxiety aroused by the indeterminacy of invisible forces-and its political implications.

Adam Ashforth embraces this challenge with his declaration that "no one can understand life .

Adam Ashforth embraces this challenge with his declaration that "no one can understand life in Africa without understanding witchcraft and the related aspects of insecurity" (p. xiii). Building prior work in which he documented a friend's quest to overcome the evil forces that were bewitching him, this book attempts a more comprehensive and systematic study of the role of witchcraft in Soweto. This book succeeds admirably on many levels, yet the connection between witchcraft and national level politics is never clearly established.

Chicago and New York. University of Chicago Press. Throughout the chapters in this book is a sense of everyday insecurity alongside an equally strong sense of optimism, care and a striving for change. Like SWAPO, liberation movements representing South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique first governed their citizens in exile camps before becoming the ruling parties of independent countries.

Africa, Adam Ashforth writes, In the era of AIDS, business for healers is booming (Ashforth 2005) p54)

In his book, Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa, Adam Ashforth writes, In the era of AIDS, business for healers is booming (Ashforth 2005) p54). Although subtle, Ashforth’s word choice makes the important distinction that traditional medicine is in fact a business. A South African study comparing the marketing and legitimization of ART versus alternative medicines attributed the widespread legitimization of traditional medicine to the possible financial reward (Chopra et al. 2006). The authors cited one respondent who said, ‘He knew a traditional healer that healed his friend.

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Harnischfeger, Johannes (2001). Witchcraft and the State in South Africa". Niehaus, Isak (2001). Ashforth, Adam (2005). Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa.

Harnischfeger, Johannes (2001). Witchcraft, power, and politics: exploring the occult in the South African lowveld. Cape Town: David Philip. Conference Report: National Conference on Witchcraft Violence. Commission for Gender Equality. Retrieved 19 October 2012.

In this book Adam Ashforth argues that the future of democracy in South Africa may well depend on how the government deals with witchcraft. In places like Soweto, where the state cannot provide security or justice, disparities of wealth are increasing, and disease strikes down the young, fear of the occult is a routine fact of life. Will the government confront the problem or try to ignore it? Ashforth spent considerable time living in Soweto

In Soweto, South Africa, the constant threat of violent crime, the increase in black socio-economic inequality, the AIDS pandemic, and a widespread fear of witchcraft have converged to create a pervasive sense of insecurity among citizens and a unique public policy problem for government. In Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa, Adam Ashforth examines how people in Soweto and other parts of post-apartheid South Africa manage their fear of 'evil forces' such as witchcraft.

Adam Ashforth is visiting associate professor in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. Библиографические данные. He is the author of two previous books including Madumo, a Man Bewitched, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

How does democracy fare when the people governed insist they live in a world with witches? If the government of a people afflicted by witchcraft refuses to punish witches, how does it avoid becoming alienated from the perceived needs of its people or, worse, seen as being in league with witches? In Soweto, South Africa, the constant threat of violent crime, the increase in black socio-economic inequality, the AIDS pandemic, and a widespread fear of witchcraft have converged to create a pervasive sense of insecurity among citizens and a unique public policy problem for government.In Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa, Adam Ashforth examines how people in Soweto and other parts of post-apartheid South Africa manage their fear of 'evil forces' such as witchcraft. Ashforth examines the dynamics of insecurity in the everyday life of Soweto at the turn of the twenty-first century. He develops a new framework for understanding occult violence as a form of spiritual insecurity and documents new patterns of interpretation attributing agency to evil forces. Finally, he analyzes the response of post-apartheid governments to issues of spiritual insecurity and suggests how these matters pose severe long-term challenges to the legitimacy of the democratic state.
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