Witchcraft in Africa: Meanings, Factors, and Practices
This book examines witchcraft from various disciplinary lenses and demonstrates the complexities, issues, and challenges in contemporary Africa caused by the belief and practice of witchcraft. One major significance of this volume is its engagement with emerging conceptualisations of witchcraft which, in turn, opens new areas of research such as the intersections of witchcraft and governance, development/underdevelopment, and conflict, as well as disabilities, among others. The book highlights new frontiers of conflict caused by the belief in, and practice of, witchcraft, thereby extending the boundaries of scholarship by inviting scholars to engage closely with how contemporary experiences have forced Africans to interpret witchcraft in new ways. To this end, it provides the reader with holistic knowledge on the phenomenon of witchcraft in African ontology. This text will be of interest to scholars and researchers of African and cultural studies, as well as anyone curious about the subject of witchcraft.
Egodi Uchendu is Professor of History at the University of Nigeria, and President and Founder of the African Humanities Research and Development Circle. She has received several awards and fellowships, and her studies revolve around women in conflict situations, men and masculinities and African historiography.
Elizabeth Odachi Onogwu is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies at the University of Nigeria, where she teaches contemporary African and oral literature. Her current research interests are sexuality and gay studies in Africa. Her latest edited work, Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy, was published in 2020.
Chukwuemeka Agbo holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His research explores the politics of labour mobilisation in Eastern Nigeria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the global and local dynamics that shaped labour demand and supply during this period. He serves as Vice President for Research and Publications of the African Humanities Research and Development Circle and Editor of its flagship journal, Journal of African Humanities and Research Development.
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