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History

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2015

Journal or Book Title

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

75

Last Page

96

DOI

10.1353/mrw.2015.0005

Abstract

This review essay offers a reaction to Peter Geschiere’s Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust. Geschiere’s book argues hat witchcraft is essentially about the paradox that the group of people with whom we are most intimate (neighbors and kin) has, by virtue of its intimacy, tremendous power and a potentially dangerous hold over us. The remedy for this paradox is trust; when trust fails, witchcraft appears. While Geschiere’s study is primarily grounded in African witchcraft, the present essay considers the possibilities these ideas may hold for the study of witchcraft phenomena on a global scale, both historically and sociology, in other parts of the world, and especially for those who focus on Western Europe

Comments

This article is published as Bailey, Michael D. "Provincializing European Witchcraft: Thoughts on Peter Geschiere's Latest Synthesis." Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 10, no. 1 (2015): 75-96. 10.1353/mrw.2015.0005. Posted with permission.

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Project Muse

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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