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Title:Evil in Africa: encounters with the everyday
Editors:Olsen, William C.ISNI
Beek, W.E.A. vanISNI
Parkin, DavidISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:2015
Pages:392
Language:English
City of publisher:Bloomington
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:0253017432; 9780253017437; 0253017475; 9780253017475; 0253017505; 9780253017505
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:popular beliefs
cosmology
witchcraft
spirits
war
Abstract:This collective volume explores how Africans have confronted evil around them. Taking local and national histories and identities into account, including state politics and civil war, religious practices, Islam, gender and modernity, these studies investigate what can be accepted and what must be condemned in order tot evaluate being and morality in African cultural and social contexts. The contributions are grouped around notions of evil as a cognitive or experiential problem, evil as a malevolent process, and evil as an inversion of justice. Chapters: Introduction: African notions of evil: the chimera of justice / Walter E. A. van Beek and William C. Olsen -- Political evil: witchcraft from the perspective of the bewitched / Sonia Silva (on Zambia) -- Untying wrongs in northern Uganda / Susan Reynolds Whyte, Lotte Meinert, Julaina Obika -- The evil of insecurity in South Sudan: violence and impunity in Africa's newest state / Jok Madut Jok -- Genocide, evil, and human agency: the concept of evil in Rwandan explanations of the 1994 genocide / Jennie E. Burnet -- Politics and cosmographic anxiety: Kongo and Dagbon compared / Wyatt MacGaffey (on DRC and Ghana) -- Ambivalence and the work of the negative among the Yaka / Rene Devisch (on DRC) -- Aze and the incommensurable / Leocadie Ekoue with Judy Rosenthal (on West Africa) -- Evil and the art of revenge in the Mandara Mountains / Walter E. A. van Beek (on Cameroon and Nigeria) -- Distinctions in the imagination of harm in contemporary Mijikenda thought: the existential challenge of Majini / Diane Ciekawy (on Kenya) -- Haunted by absent others: movements of evil in a Nigerian city / Ulrika Trovalla -- Attributions of evil among Haalpulaaren, Senegal / Roy Dilley -- Reflections regarding good and evil: the complexity of words in Zanzibar / Kjersti Larsen -- Constructing moral personhood: the moral test in Tuareg sociability as a commentary on honor and dishonor / Susan J. Rasmussen (on Mali and Niger) -- The gender of evil: Maasai experiences and expressions / Dorothy L. Hodgson (on Kenya) -- Neocannibalism, military biopolitics, and the problem of human evil / Nancy Scheper-Hughes (on Mozambique and South Africa) -- Theft and evil in Asante / William C. Olsen (on Ghana) -- Sorcery after socialism: liberalization and antiwitchcraft practices in southern Tanzania / Maia Green -- Transatlantic Pentecostal demons in Maputo / Linda van de Kamp (on Mozambique) -- The meaning of 'apartheid' and the epistemology of evil / Adam Ashforth (on South Africa). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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