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Sorcery's the curse: modernity, envy and the flow of sociality in Melanesian society

Eves, Richard


This article examines the widely reported phenomenon of the efflorescence of magical beliefs and practices, often explained as a response by some societies to their incorporation into the cash and market economy. Rather than accepting this view that the phenomenon is a generalizable response to modernity, I seek to understand it in its own terms as a singular response to the introduction of new forms of wealth into a specific cultural framework. Taking the example of a particular society, the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


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