n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Ethnographic Sorcery, Harry West : book review

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


Anthropologists are often at odds to explain what it is they do and what anthropology adds to academic debates that other disciplines do not. Harry West writes, in an engaging and eminently readable manner, a very humane and humble piece soundly grounded in the anthropology of the Mueda plateau of north em Mozambique. Through a study of sorcery he attempts to demystify ethnographic research and in doing so adds a little magic. This magic lies not in literary tropes of the anthropologist as author, but an ethnographically sound text that also deeply engages with contemporary theory.

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