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Priests, Witches and Power
Popular Christianity after Mission in Southern Tanzania

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521040273

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  • This anthropological account of a Catholic community in East Africa reveals how Catholicism came to have widespread acceptance in Southern Tanzania and how this history currently affects practicing Catholics. Maia Green provides a descriptive account of those considering themselves Catholics in Eastern Africa in relationship to Western assumptions of "conversion". She thus encourages a new approach to the consequences of large-scale shifts in religious affiliation. The book also contains information about other ritual practices concerning kinship, aging and death.

    • Virtually the only ethnographic account of contemporary Catholic practice in East Africa
    • Engages with current debates in anthropology and social theory about gender, symbolism and religion
    • Contains information about other ritual practices to do with kinship, ageing and death
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    "The author's main argument... is well taken, while her focus on contemporary social and ritual practice is informative.... The ethnographic material is rich, and her theoretical perspective is sophisticated." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521040273
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    1. Global Christianity and the structure of power
    2. Colonial conquest and the consolidation of marginality
    3, Evangelisation in Ulanga
    4. The persistence of mission
    5. Popular Christianity
    6. Kinship and the creation of relationship
    7. Engendering power
    8. Women's work
    9. Witchcraft suppression practices and movements
    10. Matters of substance
    List of references

  • Author

    Maia Green, University of Manchester
    MAIA GREEN is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester

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