Occult economies and the violence of abstraction

notes from the South African postcolony
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Occultism -- South Africa., Witchcraft -- South Africa., South Africa -- Social life and customs., South Africa -- Economic conditions --
StatementJohn L. and Jean Comaroff.
SeriesABF working paper -- #9724.
ContributionsComaroff, Jean.
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Violence > South Africa. Bibliographic information. Publication date Series ABF working paper ; #. Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony by Jean & John Comaroff, Postcolonial South Africa, like other postrevolutionary societies, appears to have witnessed a dramatic rise in occult economies: in the deployment, real or imagined, of magical means for material ends.

occult economies and the violence of abstraction like tools. His absent presence suggests a link to otherwise inexplicable accumulation.

Being solely for the benefit of its owner, the toil of the living dead is pure surplus value (Marx ): it. Jean Comeroff and John L. Comaroff, ‘Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony’, American Ethnologist,26, 2, – Unia Api, ‘"Occult Sindaun", in a Papua New Guinea Secondary School’, Catalyst,8, 1, 65–   Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony.

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Jean Comaroff is Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of L. Comaroff is Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and senior research fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago.

Their Cited by:   What follows are the Rune Soup Five Laws of Occult Economics. Plus a little bit of advice at the end. Price moves to the marginal cost of production. In a competitive economy, price moves to the marginal cost of production.

So if you have even a single competitor, you don’t get to determine your value. The market does. Comaroff, J. and Comaroff, J.

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and Comaroff, J. () ‘ Millennial capitalism: first thoughts on a second coming ’, Public Culture 12 (2): – Cited by: Occult economies and the violence of abstraction: Notes from the South African postcolony. American Ethnologist 26 (2): – Comaroff, Jean, and John Comaroff, eds. Cited by: Beyond occult economies in creating the Bolivian mining landscape.

Stephan Palmié (), in discussing the meanings associated with Afro-Cuban tradition, argues that Marx’s monstrous world of commodities points to a world that has spread beyond the conceptual space occupied by Western modernity to produce a subterranean convergence with. Book Review: Universities and the Occult Rituals of the Corporate World: Higher Education and the Metaphorical Parallels with Myth and Magic by Felicity Wood.

Irene Skovgaard-Smith. Organization 0 / Author: Irene Skovgaard-Smith. Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony / John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff Contributors Index Occult sciences. The idea of "occult sciences" developed in the sixteenth century.

The term usually encompassed three practices—astrology, alchemy, and natural magic—although sometimes various forms of divination were also included rather than being subsumed under natural magic.

These were grouped together because, according to the historian of religion. Comaroff, Jean, and John L. Comaroff. “Occult economies and the violence of abstraction: notes from the South African postcolony.” American ethnolog no.

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While it has been extensively recorded how the West African occult economy allows for a metanarrative critique of modernity, this article analyzes a convergence between witchcraft discourses and the capitalist market, looking through the local lens of Akan spirit shrines in New York City.

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Jean Comeroff and John L. Comaroff, `Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony', American Ethnologist,26, 2, Unia Api, `"Occult Sindaun", in a Papua New Guinea Secondary School', Catalyst,8. Historical anthropology: critical exchange between two decidedly distinct disciplines or innovative mode of knowledge production.

As this volume’s title suggests, the essays Brian Keith Axel has gathered in From the Margins seek to challenge the limits of discrete disciplinary epistemologies and conventions, gesturing instead toward a transdisciplinary understanding of the emerging Cited by:   Comaroff, Jean and John.

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and Peter Geschiere. In their American Ethnologist article “Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction” () the anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff have suggested that the rise of an “occult economy” (“the deployment of magical means for material ends”) occurs in situations “of rapid social transformation, under historical conditions.

In writing our book Entertaining Spirits Unaware: The End-Time Occult Invasion, David Benoit and I drew from nearly 50 years of combined ministry experience often dealing with New Age spiritualism, witchcraft and overt are issues that occasionally make the most alert Christian uncomfortable and the unaware simply cringe.

Comaroff), "Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African Postcolony" K.H. Michael Creal Lecture in Religion and Practical Ethics, York University (Toronto) Riesman Memorial Lecture, Carleton College (with Jean Comaroff) American Ethnological Association Invited Session--"Authors Meet Critics.––––––– () ‘Occult economies and the violence of abstraction: notes from the South African postcolony’, American Ethnologist 26(2).

Geschiere, Peter () Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in comparison. Chicago and London: Chicago University Press.Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction: Notes from the South African postcolony Judith Farquhar Technologies of Everyday Life: The economy of impotence in reform China.