The Resource Bewitching development : witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya, James Howard Smith, (electronic book)

Bewitching development : witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya, James Howard Smith, (electronic book)

Label
Bewitching development : witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya
Title
Bewitching development
Title remainder
witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya
Statement of responsibility
James Howard Smith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"These days, development inspires scant trust in the West. For critics who condemn centralized efforts to plan African societies as latter day imperialism, such plans too closely reflect their roots in colonial rule and neoliberal economics. But proponents of this pessimistic view often ignore how significant this concept has become for Africans themselves. In Bewitching Development, James Howard Smith presents a close ethnographic account of how people in the Taita Hills of Kenya have appropriated and made sense of development thought and practice, focusing on the complex ways that development connects with changing understandings of witchcraft. Similar to magic, development's promise of a better world elicits both hope and suspicion from Wataita. Smith shows that the unforeseen changes wrought by development - greater wealth for some, dashed hopes for many more - foster moral debates that Taita people express in occult terms. By carefully chronicling the beliefs and actions of this diverse community - from frustrated youths to nostalgic seniors, duplicitous preachers to thought-provoking witch doctors - Bewitching Development vividly depicts the social life of formerly foreign ideas and practices in postcolonial Africa." Publisher's Description
Member of
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, James Howard
Dewey number
305.896/395
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DT433.545.T34
LC item number
S65 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Taita (African people)
  • Taita (African people)
  • Witchcraft
  • Economic development
  • Taita Hills (Kenya)
Label
Bewitching development : witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya, James Howard Smith, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bewitching development : the disintegration and reinvention of development in Kenya -- I still exist! Taita historicity -- Development's other : witchcraft as development through the looking glass -- "Each household is a kingdom" : development and witchcraft at home -- "Dot com will die seriously!" spatiotemporal miscommunication and competing sovereignties in Taita thought and ritual -- NGOs, gender, and sovereign child -- Democracy victorious: exorcising witchcraft from development -- Conclusion: Tempopolitics, or why development should not be defined as the improvement of living standards
Control code
ebr10582958
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 269 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Bewitching development : witchcraft and the reinvention of development in neoliberal Kenya, James Howard Smith, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bewitching development : the disintegration and reinvention of development in Kenya -- I still exist! Taita historicity -- Development's other : witchcraft as development through the looking glass -- "Each household is a kingdom" : development and witchcraft at home -- "Dot com will die seriously!" spatiotemporal miscommunication and competing sovereignties in Taita thought and ritual -- NGOs, gender, and sovereign child -- Democracy victorious: exorcising witchcraft from development -- Conclusion: Tempopolitics, or why development should not be defined as the improvement of living standards
Control code
ebr10582958
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 269 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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