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●先週の院ゼミでは、Isak Niehausの妖術に関する民族誌についてのレビューをテキストに議論しました。
 
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Jeremy Harding
 
Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa by Isak Niehaus
Cambridge, 239 pp, £60.00, December 2012, ISBN 978 1 107 01628 6
 
 The South African anthropologist Isak Niehaus has been interested in magic and its role in the organisation of social systems for 25 years. He has explored the workings of circumcision lodges, met promiscuous men held in check by the occult skills of their wives, investigated prison life and peered into miners’ barracks, where homosexual partnerships have the formality of marriage, as they do in Genet. Gender assignations in all-male communities tell him how mobile social beings can be: the roles, not the players, tend to hold fast, and in South Africa minor kinds of sorcery are among the rituals that keep them in place. His monograph about Impalahoek – a village-cum-township of twenty thousand people in the lowveld, not far from the border with Mozambique – brings witchcraft to the centre of the story. Niehaus lists lotions, potions, poisons, remedies, spells and counter-spells in the measured tones of an apothecary, and writes coolly about zombies and other sorcerers’ familiars – hyenas, cats, baboons, owls, bats, frogs, snakes – recruited by witches to destabilise their rivals. The result is extraordinary and often depressing.

 

 
(Harding はこんな記事も書いています↓↓ 他、彼の記事一覧はこちら)
Jeremy Harding

 
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Can we tame the banks?
John Lanchester 
 
 In their current condition our banks are an existential threat to British democracy, a more serious one than terrorism, either external orinternal. In the UK our banks are five times bigger than our entire economy. Put the size together with their instability and we have a problem that has to be fixed and has to be fixed soon, and nothing about fixing it is easy. More
 
 
 The Drone Presidency
 Stephen Holmes 
 
 The drone has replaced Guantánamo as the incendiary symbol of America’s indecent callousness towards the world’s Muslims. AsBush was the Guantánamo president, so Obama is the drone president. This switch, whatever Obama hoped, represents a worsening not an improvement of America’s image in the world. More
 
 
 ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’
 Lavinia Greenlaw 
 
 The reverberations of punk travelled slowly, like everything else in England at the time. Even after it reached us, we hesitated. I rememberfeeling an intense connection with whatever this was but it took some time to convince myself that it might want to connect with me. More
 
 
 Giggling along with Boris
 Jonathan Coe 
 
 Boris Johnson seems to know that the laughter that surrounds him is a substitute for thought rather than its conduit, and that puts him at awonderful advantage. He has become his own satirist, safe in the knowledge that the best way to make sure the satire aimed at you is gentle and unchallenging is to create it yourself. More
 
 
 Also in this issue 
 
 
 
 Short Cuts
 Jeremy Harding
 
 At Turner Contemporary
 Eleanor Birne:
 
 ‘Curiosity’
 
 Letters 
 
 
 Subscribers can also read: 
 Neal Ascherson: Marseille,1940-43
 David A. Bell: Tocqueville
 Hazem Kandil: In Cairo
 Naomi Fry: Rachel Kushner
 Thomas Jones: Wu Ming
 Christopher S. Wood: Early Dürer
 Adam Smyth: Collier’s Letter Racks
 Karl Miller: The Late 1950s
 Will Self: Battersea Power Station
 Poems by Patricia Lockwood and Ange Mlinko
 
 Marina Warner in conversation with Abdelfattah Kilito
 Friday 12 July at 7 p.m.  
 
 Attention! Joshua Cohen in conversation with Brian Dillon
 Tuesday 23 July
 at 7 p.m. 
 
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