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Witch-Hunt and Conspiracy
Author: Nicholas Herriman

ISBN: 9781922235510
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1 January 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5
Description:
This book brings unique insight and prize-winning analysis to an extraordinary story - that of a witch-hunt and 'ninja' craze that swept a region of Java, Indonesia, in 1998. Nicholas Herriman shows how killings occur when neighbours, family members and friends believe that one among them is a sorcerer.

Using first-hand accounts, Herriman provides a detailed context and history of these events and analyses their development in terms of the interplay of local culture and dynamics (gossip, suspicion of sorcerers, violence) and national institutions (the state, political parties, NGOs and the press).

About the Author

Nicholas Herriman is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at La Trobe University. His podcasts on iTunesU, including the Audible Anthropologist and Witch-hunts and Persecution have tens of thousands of listeners. He also regularly contributes opinion pieces to the mainstream media. Based on more than one years fieldwork, he has written a number of significant and award-winning publications on East Java, including his PhD dissertationthe Australian Anthropologica...

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