The Resource Enacting power : the criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011, Jerome S. Handler and Kenneth M. Bilby

Enacting power : the criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011, Jerome S. Handler and Kenneth M. Bilby

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Enacting power : the criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011
Title
Enacting power
Title remainder
the criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011
Statement of responsibility
Jerome S. Handler and Kenneth M. Bilby
Title variation
Criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011
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Language
eng
Summary
"More than two and a half centuries after it was first outlawed in Jamaica in 1760, obeah remains illegal in most territories of the former British West Indies. Opinions on the meaning and essential nature of this controversial Afro-Caribbean spiritual phenomenon vary widely. While many contemporary West Indians hold negative views of obeah, viewing it as evil witchcraft or sorcery, others point to its widespread use in healing, protection from harm, and solving a wide range of everyday problems - positive views that were also commonly held by enslaved West Indians in earlier generations. Despite the scholarly attention obeah has received, relatively little has been written about the many laws enacted against it in different territories at different periods. Offering a perspective on obeah that challenges conventional conceptions of this widely misunderstood aspect of West Indian society and culture, the core of this book is a detailed examination of anti-obeah laws, and their socio-political implications, in seventeen jurisdictions of the English-speaking Caribbean from the period of slavery to the present. Aside from chronologically tracing in each territory the development of these laws and their major provisions, the book also examines how anti-obeah legislation has helped to create and perpetuate cultural distortions that resound into the present. Anti-obeah legislation, particularly after the end of slavery in the nineteenth century, played a central role in creating public misunderstandings of the meaning and role of obeah among the West Indian masses, and led to the stigmatization and devaluation among future generation of African-derived spiritual beliefs and practices."--P. [4] of cover
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ViU
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Handler, Jerome S
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • KGL5580
  • BL2532.O23
LC item number
  • .H36 2012
  • H36 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1953-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Bilby, Kenneth M.
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  • Obeah (Cult)
  • Cults
  • Religion and law
  • Blacks
  • Blacks
  • Cults
  • Obeah (Cult)
  • Religion and law
  • West Indies
Label
Enacting power : the criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011, Jerome S. Handler and Kenneth M. Bilby
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-165) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Divining and defining obeah -- Anti-obeah provisions in the laws : a comparative overview -- Images of obeah : practitioners at work in Suriname, Trinidad, and Jamaica -- Patterns in governance and vagrancy laws : framing the development of anti-obeah legislation -- The territories and their laws
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 172 pages
Isbn
9789766403157
Lccn
2013397613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)823931181
  • (OCoLC)ocn823931181
Label
Enacting power : the criminalization of obeah in the anglophone Caribbean, 1760-2011, Jerome S. Handler and Kenneth M. Bilby
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-165) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Divining and defining obeah -- Anti-obeah provisions in the laws : a comparative overview -- Images of obeah : practitioners at work in Suriname, Trinidad, and Jamaica -- Patterns in governance and vagrancy laws : framing the development of anti-obeah legislation -- The territories and their laws
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 172 pages
Isbn
9789766403157
Lccn
2013397613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)823931181
  • (OCoLC)ocn823931181

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