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Development is something that improves lives, that creates a common good, while witchcraft injures people and sows destruction.

Smith locates development and witchcraft in a thick description of Taita society. The notion of tradition as the antithesis of development had its heyday in the rise of the first generation of western-educated Taita who, in the early years of independence, equated tradition with witchcraft.

By the s, however, many Taita argued that tradition was something good, a way of life that had kept harmful forms of witchcraft at bay and spread benefits widely in the community. His suggestion that the devil-worship scare of the mids helped to push Kenyans to think of a democratic future and to hasten the decline of Moi and kanu is, I think, stretching things a bit p. This, in fact, constitutes one of my disappointments with the book.

This is the type of study development practitioners World Bank, usaid , ngo s should read before entering into any plan or setting off to collect data. Skip to content Skip to search. Smith, James Howard. Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 1 of 3. Economic development.

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Bewitching Development: Witchcraft and the Reinvention of Development in Neoliberal Kenya

Economic history. Taita African people -- Social life and customs. Taita African people -- Rites and ceremonies. Witchcraft -- Kenya -- Taita Hills.

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Taita Hills. Taita Hills Kenya -- Economic conditions. Summary "These days, development inspires scant trust in the West. For critics who condemn centralized efforts to plan African societies as latter day imperialism, such plans too closely reflect their roots in colonial rule and neoliberal economics. But proponents of this pessimistic view often ignore how significant this concept has become for Africans themselves.

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In Bewitching Development, James Howard Smith presents a close ethnographic account of how people in the Taita Hills of Kenya have appropriated and made sense of development thought and practice, focusing on the complex ways that development connects with changing understandings of witchcraft. Contents Bewitching development : the disintegration and reinvention of development in Kenya I still exist! Taita historicity Development's other : witchcraft as development through the looking glass "Each household is a kingdom" : development and witchcraft at home "Dot com will die seriously!

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Bewitching Development: Witchcraft and the Reinvention of Development in Neoliberal Kenya

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