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Most scholarship on sorcery and witchcraft has narrowly focused on specific times and places, particularly early modern Europe and twentieth-century Africa. And much of that research interprets sorcery as merely a remnant of premodern traditions. Boldly challenging these views, Sorcery in the Black Atlantic takes a longer historical and broader geographical perspective, co ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 15th 2011)
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Oct 06, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
The contributions to this volume are broadly concerned with questions of why and how beliefs in, and practices around, occult powers have survived - and, in some respects, proliferated - well into the era of 'Modernity' which had been predicted to sterilize such 'irrational' artifacts from the cultural imaginary of any society in which it established itself. The persistence of witchcraft accusations and their deadly consequences in a number of African states touched by, and now emerging from, ...more
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Sep 17, 2015 Cole Tucker rated it it was amazing
I loved this collection of papers that covers a period from the early modern, when Portuguese trading posts were first established along the African coast, to the last decade. We get translations of the most current research from leading scholars in Brazil and Cuba.

Sansi and Pares introduction is exceptional, addressing the concerns of the research area, the ways various historiographies have determined the direction of the field, and its renaissance that began in the 80's. They utilize the topi
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