Contemporary Witch-hunting in Gusii, Southwestern Kenya

Contemporary Witch-hunting in Gusii, Southwestern Kenya

By: Justus M. Ogembo (author)Hardback

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This book describes a series of witch-killings that has been underway in Gusii, Southwestern Kenya, since 1992. It integrates the testimony of participants of and witnesses to the incidents of witch-killing with other ethnographic and socioeconomic information in order to understand what led to the sudden rise of this violence in November 1992 and its rapid decline in July 1994.


List of Illustrations; Preface, Foreword; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction; PART I: SOCIO-CULTURAL BACKGROUND; Chapter 2: Gusii: Sociocultural Context; Chapter 3: Forms of Mystical Disclosure; PART II: MATERIAL CASES; Chapter 4: Strange illnesses and the Witch-Hunts 50; Chapter 5: Strange illnesses and the Witch-Hunts (continued); Chapter 6: Abductions and the Witch-Hunts; Chapter 7: Notebooks and the Witch-Hunts; Chapter 8: Summary: Essential Features of the Witch-Hunts; PART III: EXPLAINING THE WITCH-HUNTS; Chapter 9: Economic Shifts; Chapter 10: The 'Invisible Hand' of God and of Mammon; Chapter 11: Political Realignments; CONCLUSION; Chapter 12: Making the 'Invisible Hand' Visible; APPENDICES; I: The Witchcraft Act; II: Court Proceedings on Witchcraft Case; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773457225
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 204
  • ID: 9780773457225
  • ISBN10: 0773457224

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