Saturday, August 25, 2012

"Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa"

New from Cambridge University Press: Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa by Isak Niehaus.

About the book, from the publisher:
Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa reconstructs the biography of an ordinary South African, Jimmy Mohale. Born in 1964, Jimmy came of age in rural South Africa during apartheid, then studied at university and worked as a teacher during the anti-apartheid struggle. In 2005, Jimmy died from an undiagnosed sickness, probably related to AIDS. Jimmy gradually came to see the unanticipated misfortune he experienced as a result of his father's witchcraft and sought remedies from diviners rather than from biomedical doctors. This study casts new light on scholarly understandings of the connections between South African politics, witchcraft, and the AIDS pandemic.
Isak Niehaus is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Brunel University in London.