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Cultural Politics of Obeah : Religion, Colonialism and Modernity in the Caribbean World (Hardcover)

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"An innovative history of the politics and practice of the Caribbean spiritual healing techniques known as obeah, and its place in everyday life in the region. Spanning two centuries, the book results from extensive research on the development and implementation of anti-obeah legislation. It includes analysis of hundreds of prosecutions for obeah, and an account of the complex and multiple political meanings of obeah in Caribbean societies. Diana Paton moves beyond attempts to define and describe what obeah was, instead showing the political imperatives that often drove interpretations and discussions of it. She shows that representations of obeah were entangled with key moments in Caribbean history, from eighteenth-century slave rebellions to the formation of new nations after independence. Obeah was at the same time a crucial symbol of the Caribbean's alleged lack of modernity, a site of fear and anxiety, and a thoroughly modern and transnational practice of healing itself"--
Number of Pages: 361
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Renaissance
Series Title: Critical Perspectives on Empire
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
Author: Diana Paton
Language: English
Street Date: August 31, 2015
TCIN: 50128767
UPC: 9781107025653
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-4041
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