The trials of Mrs. K. : seeking justice in a world with witches

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Full title: The trials of Mrs. K. : seeking justice in a world with witches / Adam Ashforth.
Main author: Ashforth, Adam, (author.)
Format: Book           


Summary: In March 2009, in a small town in Malawi, a nurse at the local hospital was accused of teaching witchcraft to children. Amid swirling rumors, ?Mrs. K.? tried to defend her reputation, but the community nevertheless grew increasingly hostile. The legal, social, and psychological trials that she endured in the struggle to clear her name left her life in shambles, and she died a few years later. In The Trials of Mrs. K., Adam Ashforth studies this and similar stories of witchcraft that continue to circulate in Malawi. At the heart of the book is Ashforth?s desire to understand how claims to truth, the pursuit of justice, and demands for security work in contemporary Africa, where stories of witchcraft can be terrifying. Guiding us through the history of legal customs and their interactions with the court of public opinion, Ashforth asks challenging questions about responsibility, occult forces, and the imperfect but vital mechanisms of law. A beautifully written and provocative book, The Trials of Mrs. K. will be an essential text for understanding what justice means in a fragile and dangerous world.
Language: English
Published: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Classmark: WTM133.4 /527796
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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780226322223
022632222X
9780226322360
022632236X