Sorcery, modernity and the constitutive imaginary: hybridising continuities

Kapferer, Bruce (2003) Sorcery, modernity and the constitutive imaginary: hybridising continuities. In: Kapferer, Bruce, (ed.) Beyond Rationalism: rethinking magic, witchcraft and sorcery. Berghahn Books, New York, USA, pp. 105-129.

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[Extract] The cosmologies implicated in sorcery practice are human-centric. Within them, human beings are at the heart of processes that are integral in the formation of their psychical, social and political universes. Sorcery fetishises human agency, often one which it magically enhances, as the key mediating factor affecting the course or direction of human life-chances. The fabulous character of so much sorcery practice, its transgressive and unbounded dimensions, a rich symbolism that appears to press towards and beyond the limits of the human imagination, is surely connected to the overpowering and totalising impetus that sorcery recognises in human agency and capacities. Sorcery is that magical additional force that unites with the intentional direction of human beings into their realities - a creative and destructive directionality. Such sorcery must needs affect the lives of others because of their co-presence, their ongoing involvement in each other's life circumstances.

Item ID: 7319
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: anthropology; modernity; sorcery
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This publication has previously been published as: Kapferer, B. (2002) Sorcery, Modernity and the Constitutive Imaginary: Hybridising Continuities. Social Analysis: international journal of cultural and social practice, 46 (3). pp. 105-128. ISSN 0155-977X This publication does not have an abstract. The first paragraph of this chapter is displayed as the abstract.

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ISBN: 1-57181-418-3
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 03:35
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