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

Smith, Thomas Aneurin ORCID:, 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: 06 Nov 2023 17:19

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