329th out of 393 books — 329 voters
Naming the Witch
Naming the Witch explores the recent series of witchcraft accusations and killings in East Java, which spread as the Suharto regime slipped into crisis and then fell. After many years of ethnographic work focusing on the origins and nature of violence in Indonesia, Siegel came to the conclusion that previous anthropological explanations of witchcraft and magic, mostly base...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 23rd 2005 by Stanford University Press
(first published 2005)
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May 16, 2007 Jamie Hardy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people really interested in Javanese politics
This is one of the densest books I have read in my short time here on Earth. So much information is packed into it, I read it slowly and highlighted about half of it! Its setting is a very specific time and place in Javanese history, right after the fall of Suharto, who had been an overbearing father-president for over thirty years, amidst a rash of mob killings and accusations of witchcraft in the wake of the post-Suharto void of power. It goes deeply into the nature of these accusations and la...more
Siegel mengambil setting wilayah di Malang Selatan yang merupakan kampung halaman saya. Ada perasaan aneh ketika daerah kita dibahas sedemikian rupa oleh peneliti luar negeri dengan bahasan tentang isu dukun santet. Dalam hati saya bertanya? apakah masyarakat yang menjadi informan saya akan merasakan hal yang sama, seandainya mereka berkesempatan untuk membaca tulisan saya tentang mereka.