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Author Whyte, Susan Reynolds.

Title Questioning misfortune : the pragmatics of uncertainty in Eastern Uganda / Susan Reynolds Whyte
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997


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 MELB  306.096761 Why/Qmt  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in medical anthropology ; 4
Cambridge studies in medical anthropology ; 4
Contents 1. An uncertain world. 1. Misfortune and uncertainty. 2. The pursuit of health and prosperity. 3. Going to ask -- 2. 'What you cannot see': the revelations of spirits. 4. At home with the dead. 5. The fertility of clanship. 6. Little spirits and child survival -- 3. 'You will know me': the opacity of humans. 7. Speaking of morality. 8. Substances and secrecy -- 4. The pragmatics of uncertainty. 9. More questions. 10. Consequences
Summary Some of the most interesting new ethnographics of experience highlight the indeterminate nature of life. Questioning misfortune is very much within this tradition. Based on a long-term study of adversity and its social causes in Bunyole, eastern Uganda, it considers the way in which people deal with uncertainties of life, such as sickness, suffering, marital problems, failure, and death. Divination may identify causes of misfortune, ranging from ancestors and spirits to sorcerers. Sufferers and their families try out a variety of remedial measures, including pharmaceuticals, sorcery antidotes, and sacrifices. But remedies often fail, and doubt and uncertainty persist. Even the recent commercialization of biomedicine, and the peril of AIDS can be understood in terms of a pragmatics of uncertainty
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-251) and index
Subject Divination -- Uganda -- Bunyole (District)
Ethnology -- Uganda -- Bunyole (District)
Medical anthropology -- Uganda -- Bunyole (District)
Social problems -- Uganda -- Bunyole (District)
Social Problems.
Bunyole (Uganda : District) -- Religious life and customs.
Bunyole (Uganda : District) -- Social conditions.
LC no. 97010235
ISBN 0521594022 (hardbound)
0521595584 (paperback)