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'What kind of witchcraft is this?' Development, magic and spiritual ontologies

Smith, Thomas Aneurin, Murrey, Amber and Leck, Hayley 2017. 'What kind of witchcraft is this?' Development, magic and spiritual ontologies. Third World Thematics 2 (2-3) , pp. 141-156. 10.1080/23802014.2017.1411209

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This collection represents a significant intervention in the space cohabited by witchcraft, spirit worlds, and development – a realm frequently marginalised by development practice. Through a diverse set of scholarly and methodological orientations, the contributions draw on contrasting case studies (spanning the local, national, and borderlands) to explore the current and possible future co-productions of development through various forms of spirituality. They do so with attention to the paradoxes, nuances, and complexities of these intersections. This introduction explores some of the cross-cutting themes arising from these complexities, including: scale; limitations of Euro-dominant conceptualisations of development; Othering of polytheistic, multi-theistic, and non-theistic spiritual ontologies; entanglements of spirituality, politics, and power; and co-productions of new forms of development. We argue that thinking through these various cross-cutting themes provides a multitude of possibilities for decolonising the development project.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2380-2014
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 November 2017
Date of Acceptance: 27 November 2017
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2020 01:40

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