Pentecostalism and Witchcraft

Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia

Author: Knut Rio,Michelle MacCarthy,Ruy Blanes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319560689

Category: Social Science

Page: 311

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This open access book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evil. We learn how this is articulated in spiritual warfare, in crusades, and in healing or witch-killing raids. The contributors highlight what happens to phenomena that people address as locally specific witchcraft or sorcery when re-molded within the universalist Pentecostal demonology, vocabulary, and confrontational methodology.

Regimes of Responsibility in Africa

Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts

Author: Benjamin Rubbers,Alessandro Jedlowski

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1789203600

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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How have African moral worlds changed since the 1990s? Regimes of Responsibility in Africa analyses the transformations that discourses and practices of responsibility have undergone in Africa. By doing so, this collection of essays offers insight that develops a stronger grasp on the interaction between moral practices and discourses, and specific political, economic and social transformations taking place today in Africa. At the same time, while focusing on case studies from the African continent, the work enters into a dialogue with the emerging corpus of studies in the field of ethics, providing to it a set of analytical perspectives that can help further enlarge its theoretical and geographical scope.

The Melanesian World

Author: Eric Hirsch,Will Rollason

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131552967X

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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This wide-ranging volume captures the diverse range of societies and experiences that form what has come to be known as Melanesia. It covers prehistoric, historic and contemporary issues, and includes work by art historians, political scientists, geographers and anthropologists. The chapters range from studies of subsistence, ritual and ceremonial exchange to accounts of state violence, new media and climate change. The ‘Melanesian world’ assembled here raises questions that cut to the heart of debates in the human sciences today, with profound implications for the ways in which scholars across disciplines can describe and understand human difference. This impressive collection of essays represents a valuable resource for scholars and students alike.

Media Practices and Changing African Socialities

Non-media-centric Perspectives

Author: Jo Helle-Valle,Ardis Storm-Mathisen

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1789206626

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Deriving from innovative new work by six researchers, this book questions what the new media's role is in contemporary Africa. The chapters are diverse - covering different areas of sociality in different countries - but they unite in their methodological and analytical foundation. The focus is on media-related practices, which require engagement with different perspectives and concerns while situating these in a wider analytical context. The contributions to this collection provide fresh ethnographic descriptions of how new media practices can affect socialities in significant but unpredictable ways.

Witch Hunts: Culture, Patriarchy, and Transformation

Culture, Patriarchy and Structural Transformation

Author: Govind Kelkar,Dev Nathan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108490514

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 9699


This book is a unique intersectional analysis combining culture, gender struggles and structural including economic transformations, both in the formation of gendered class society, patriarchy and capitalism.

Christentum und afrikanische Kultur

Konservative deutsche Missionare in Tanzania 1900 bis 1940

Author: Fiedler, Klaus

Publisher: Luviri Press

ISBN: 9996096858

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 5425


The missionaries have often been accused of having destroyed African cultures, be it deliberately or because they did not understand. The author draws a very different picture in his study of a number of German missionaries in various parts of Tanzania, who had a high appreciation of African culture. He argues that acceptance of inculturation attempts do not depend on race but on role, and the same applies to both Black and White.