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African Studies of Witchcraft


Austen, Ralph A. "The Moral Economy of Witchcraft: An Essay in Comparative History." In Modernity and Its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa, edited by Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, 89–110. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Bockie, Simon. Death and the Invisible Powers: The World of Kongo Belief. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Bond, George C. "Religion, Ideology, and Property in Northern Zambia." In Studies in Power and Class in Africa, edited by Irving L. Markovitz, 70–188. London: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Bongmba, Elias. African Witchcraft and Otherness: A Philosophical and Theological Critique of Intersubjective Relations. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2001.

Ciekawy, Diane. "Policing Religious Practice in Contemporary Coastal Kenya." Political and Legal Anthropology Review 20, no. 1 (1997): 62–72.

——. "Utsai as Ethical Discourse: A Critique of Power from Mijikenda in Coastal Kenya." In Dialogues of Witchcraft: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges, edited by George C. Bond and Diane Ciekawy, 158–189. Athens: University of Ohio Press, 1991.

——. "Witchcraft in Statecraft: Five Technologies of Power in Colonial and Postcolonial Coastal Kenya." African Studies Review 41, no. 3 (1998): 119–141.

de Boeck, Filip. "Beyond the Grave: History, Memory, and Death in Postcolonial Congo/Zaire." In Memory and the Postcolony: African Anthropology and the Critique of Power, edited by Richard Werbner, 21–57. London: Zed, 1998.

Devisch, René. Weaving the Threads of Life: The Khita Gyn-Eco-Logical Healing Cult among the Yaka. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Evans-Pritchard, E. E. Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande. Oxford: Clarendon, 1937.

Fisiy, Cyprian F., and Peter Geschiere. "Judges and Witches, or How Is the State to Deal with Witchcraft? Examples from Southeastern Cameroon." Cahiers d'études africaines 118 (1990): 135–156.

Fisiy, Cyprian F., and Michael Rowlands. "Sorcery and Law in Modern Cameroon." Culture and History 6 (1990): 63–84.

Geschiere, Peter. "Globalization and the Power of Indeterminate Meaning: Witchcraft and Spirit Cults in Africa and East Asia." Development and Change 29 (1998): 811–837.

——. The Modernity of Witchcraft: Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1997.

Hallen, Barry, and J. Olubi Sodipo. Knowledge, Belief, and Witchcraft: Analytic Experiments in African Philosophy. London: Ethnographica, 1986.

Heald, Suzanne. "Witches and Thieves: Deviant Motivations in Gisu Society." Man 21, no. 1 (1986): 65–78.

Jackson, Michael. Allegories of the Wilderness: Ethics and Ambiguity in Kuranko Narratives. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Karp, Ivan, and D. A. Masolo. "Introduction." In their African Philosophy as Cultural Inquiry, 1–18. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Lévi-Strauss, Claude. The Savage Mind. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1966.

Marwick, Max. "Another Modern Anti-Witchcraft Movement in East Central Africa." Africa 20, no. 2 (1950): 100–112.

Marwick, Max. Sorcery and Its Social Setting: A Study of the Northern Rhodesian Cewa. Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press, 1965.

Mbiti, John S. African Religions and Philosophy. New York: Doubleday, 1970.

Meyer, Birgit. Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity among the Ewe in Ghana. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1999.

Mudimbe, V. Y. The Idea of Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Niehaus, Isak. Witchcraft, Power, and Politics: Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld. Sterling, Va.: Pluto, 2001.

Piot, Charles. Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Richards, Audry. "A Modern Movement of Witch-Finders." Africa 8, no. 4 (1935): 448–461.

Shaw, Rosalind. Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and the Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

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