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Priests, Witches and Power
By Maia Green

Priests, Witches and Power

Popular Christianity after Mission in Southern Tanzania

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Priests, Witches and Power by Maia Green

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In the aftermath of colonial mission, Christianity has come to have widespread acceptance in Southern Tanzania. In this book, Maia Green explores contemporary Catholic practice in a rural community of Southern Tanzania. Setting the adoption of Christianity and the suppression of witchcraft in a historical context, she suggests that power relations established during the colonial period continue to hold between both popular Christianity and orthodoxy, and local populations and indigenous clergy. Paradoxically, while local practices around the constitution of kinship and personhood remain defiantly free of Christian elements, they inform a popular Christianity experienced as a system of substances and practices. This book offers a challenge to idealist and interpretative accounts of African participation in twentieth-century religious forms, and argues for a politically grounded analysis of historical processes. It will appeal widely to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology and African Studies; particularly those interested in religion and kinship.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521621892
ISBN-10: 0521621895
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This book discusses in a historical context how Christianity has been adopted in Southern Tanzania.

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Author Biography - Maia Green

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

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