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Speak of the Devil

Speak of the Devil
Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England

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  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629348

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  • The first modern allegations of satanic sexual abuse surfaced in North America during the 1980s, followed a few years later by similar allegations in Britain. Professor La Fontaine, an anthropologist, has studied the literature on satanic abuse in England and conducted a detailed analysis of a number of actual cases. She found no evidence of devil worship. She concludes that behind the hysteria is a social movement, comparable to classic instances of witchcraft accusations and the witch hunts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe.

    • Authoritative, well balanced account of an emotive, topical issue in an accessible writing style
    • First account of the phenomenon in Britain by an anthropologist
    • Based on actual cases of alleged satanic abuse of children
    • Provides historical comparisons with other social movements, extending its scope and appeal to a range of social scientists and historians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This modest book is an important contribution to the expanding grey area in which Sociology and Social Anthropology overlap … In general this book must be of very wide interest and it is an excellent demonstration of how valuable the theory and fieldwork of traditional Social Anthropology can be for a problem-oriented study of contemporary society.' Cambridge Anthropology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629348
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The personification of evil
    3. Witches, satanists and the occult
    4. The extent of the allegations
    5. The question of proof
    6. Explaining belief
    7. Children's stories
    8. Confessions and tales of horror
    9. A modern movement of witch-finders
    10. Aftermath and conclusions

  • Author

    Jean La Fontaine, London School of Economics and Political Science

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