IN SORCERYS SHADOW A MEMOIR OF APPRENTICESHIP AMONG THE SONGHAY OF NIGER

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In Sorcery S Shadow

Author : Paul Stoller
ISBN : 9780226098296
Genre : Social Science
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The tale of Paul Stoller's sojourn among sorcerors in the Republic of Niger is a story of growth and change, of mutual respect and understanding that will challenge all who read it to plunge deeply into an alien world.
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In Sorcery S Shadow

Author : Paul Stoller
ISBN : 0226775437
Genre : History
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The author recounts his experiences studying to be a sorcerer among the Songhai people of Niger
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In Sorcery S Shadow

Author : Paul Stoller
ISBN : 0226775429
Genre : Social Science
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The tale of Paul Stoller's sojourn among sorcerors in the Republic of Niger is a story of growth and change, of mutual respect and understanding that will challenge all who read it to plunge deeply into an alien world.
Category: Social Science

Fusion Of The Worlds

Author : Paul Stoller
ISBN : 0226775496
Genre : Social Science
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"This ethnography is more like a film than a book, so well does Stoller evoke the color, sight, sounds, and movements of Songhay possession ceremonies."—Choice "Stoller brilliantly recreates the reality of spirit presence; hosts are what they mediate, and spirits become flesh and blood in the 'fusion' with human existence. . . . An excellent demonstration of the benefits of a new genre of ethnographic writing. It expands our understanding of the harsh world of Songhay mediums and sorcerers."—Bruce Kapferer, American Ethnologist "A vivid story that will appeal to a wide audience. . . . The voices of individual Songhay are evident and forceful throughout the story. . . . Like a painter, [Stoller] is concerned with the rich surface of things, with depicting images, evoking sensations, and enriching perceptions. . . . He has succeeded admirably." —Michael Lambek, American Anthropologist "Events (ceremonies and life histories) are evoked in cinematic style. . . . [This book is] approachable and absorbing—it is well written, uncluttered by jargon and elegantly structured."—Richard Fardon, Times Higher Education Supplement "Compelling, insightful, rich in ethnographic detail, and worthy of becoming a classic in the scholarship on Africa."—Aidan Southall, African Studies Review
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Hidden Heads Of The Households

Author : Mary Lorena Kenny
ISBN : 1442600845
Genre : Political Science
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"Kenny treats the often taboo topic of child labor with clear-eyed perception and a bracing lack of sentimentality." - Barbara J. Price, Columbia University
Category: Political Science

Persuasions Of The Witch S Craft

Author : Tanya M. Luhrmann
ISBN : 0674663241
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Profiles the surprising number of otherwise "normal" people who practice magic and witchcraft in England today, detailing how they became involved in witchcraft, the history and tradition of magic, and other fascinating details
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Stranger In The Village Of The Sick

Author : Paul Stoller
ISBN : 0807072613
Genre : Health & Fitness
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After more than fifty years as the model of perfect health, anthropologist Paul Stoller suddenly finds himself diagnosed with lymphoma. The only thing more transformative than his fear and dread of cancer is the place it ultimately takes him-twenty-five years back in time to his days as an apprentice to a West African sorcerer. Stranger in the Village of the Sick follows Stoller down this unexpected path toward personal discovery, growth, and healing. Drawing upon an ancient, esoteric tradition, he explores the symbiotic relationship between illness and health, the differences in how disease is culturally perceived, and the stunning capacity of the human spirit to convert adversity into strength and transform knowledge into wisdom. "A courageous and extraordinary book . . . No one coping with cancer today should be without Stranger in the Village of the Sick." -David Napier, author of The Age of Immunology "Neither a tear-jerking testimony nor a morbid story, Stoller"s riveting narrative is ebullient, enthralling, and altogether celebratory of life. It is also a superb reminder of the transitory nature of our own lives . . . a masterpiece from a gifted writer." -Jean-Paul Dumont, author of Visayan Vignettes
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Transnationalism

Author : Professor of Transnational Anthropology Steven Vertovec
ISBN : 9781134081592
Genre : Political Science
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'Transnationalism' refers to multiple ties and interactions linking people or institutions across the borders of nation-states. This book surveys the broader meanings of transnationalism within the study of globalization before concentrating on migrant transnational practices. Each chapter demonstrates ways in which new and contemporary transnational practices of migrants are fundamentally transforming social, political and economic structures simultaneously within homelands and places of settlement. Transnationalism provides a much-needed single, clear and condensed text concerning a major concept in academic and policy discourse today. The book is for advanced undergraduate students, postgraduates and academics.
Category: Political Science

Guardians Of The Transcendent

Author : Anne Vallely
ISBN : 080208415X
Genre : Religion
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Explores the many facets of what constitutes a moral life within the Terapanthi Svetambar Jain ascetic community, and examines the central role ascetics play in upholding the Jain moral order.
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The Taste Of Ethnographic Things

Author : Paul Stoller
ISBN : 0812203143
Genre : Medical
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Anthropologists who have lost their senses write ethnographies that are often disconnected from the worlds they seek to portray. For most anthropologists, Stoller contends, tasteless theories are more important than the savory sauces of ethnographic life. That they have lost the smells, sounds, and tastes of the places they study is unfortunate for them, for their subjects, and for the discipline itself. The Taste of Ethnographic Things describes how, through long-term participation in the lives of the Songhay of Niger, Stoller eventually came to his senses. Taken together, the separate chapters speak to two important and integrated issues. The first is methodological—all the chapters demonstrate the rewards of long-term study of a culture. The second issue is how he became truer to the Songhay through increased sensual awareness.
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