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Possessed and the Dispossessed: Spirits, Identity and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town

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This finely drawn portrait of a complex, polycultural urban community in Madagascar emphasizes the role of spirit medium healers, a group heretofore seen as having little power. These women, Leslie Sharp argues, are far from powerless among the peasants and migrant laborers who work the land in this plantation economy. In fact, Sharp's wide-ranging analysis shows that tromba, or spirit possession, is central to understanding the complex identities of insiders and outsiders in this community, which draws people from all over the island and abroad.

Sharp's study also reveals the contradictions between indigenous healing and Western-derived Protestant healing and psychiatry. Particular attention to the significance of migrant women's and children's experiences in a context of seeking relief from personal and social ills gives Sharp's investigation importance for gender studies as well as for studies in medical anthropology, Africa and Madagascar, the politics of culture, and religion and ritual.

About the Author

Lesley A. Sharp is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Butler University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520207080
Author:
Sharp, Lesley A.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Sharp, Lesley A.
Author:
Sharp, Lesley A. A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Madagascar
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care
Series Volume:
37
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
9.02x6.05x.90 in. 1.12 lbs.

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