Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania (review)

Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania (review) Book Reviews ing such connections still has value, because it can spark thinking and lead to closer and more careful analysis. Rapley's book, however, is driven by a critique of the present based on a characterization of the past that is, in turn, drawn all too deliberately from the desired critique of the present. For those interested in all that the past can teach us about our present condition, this book obscures more than it reveals. michael d. bailey Iowa State University todd sanders. Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. Pp. vii 261. Todd Sanders' recent volume Beyond Bodies represents an important, and revelatory, contribution to the relatively recent effluence of anthropological volumes on witchcraft, sorcery, and magic in Africa (see for example, Comaroff and Comaroff, 1993; Geschiere, 1997; Moore and Sanders, 2001; Meyers and Pels, 2003; West, 2005). While early to mid-twentieth century anthropologists described African witchcraft as a matter of ``primitive'' mentality (Levy-Bruhl, 1923), a logic-based system for explaining unfortunate events (Evans-Pritchard, 1937), or as a social apparatus characterized by confession, accusation, and punishment (Douglas, 1970), many contemporary anthropologists have been concerned with reframing African witchcraft as a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania (review)

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, Volume 5 (2) – Dec 2, 2010

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Book Reviews ing such connections still has value, because it can spark thinking and lead to closer and more careful analysis. Rapley's book, however, is driven by a critique of the present based on a characterization of the past that is, in turn, drawn all too deliberately from the desired critique of the present. For those interested in all that the past can teach us about our present condition, this book obscures more than it reveals. michael d. bailey Iowa State University todd sanders. Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. Pp. vii 261. Todd Sanders' recent volume Beyond Bodies represents an important, and revelatory, contribution to the relatively recent effluence of anthropological volumes on witchcraft, sorcery, and magic in Africa (see for example, Comaroff and Comaroff, 1993; Geschiere, 1997; Moore and Sanders, 2001; Meyers and Pels, 2003; West, 2005). While early to mid-twentieth century anthropologists described African witchcraft as a matter of ``primitive'' mentality (Levy-Bruhl, 1923), a logic-based system for explaining unfortunate events (Evans-Pritchard, 1937), or as a social apparatus characterized by confession, accusation, and punishment (Douglas, 1970), many contemporary anthropologists have been concerned with reframing African witchcraft as a

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