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Title:Ritual Healing and Political Acquiescence: The Case of the Zionist Churches in Southern Africa
Author:Schoffeleers, MatthewISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Church and State
faith healing
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160267
Abstract:This article first establishes that the Zionist Churches in South Africa - like healing churches elsewhere - are without exception politically acquiescent. It then defines healing as the root cause of the lack of political action on the part of South Africa's Zionist Churches. Evidence indicates that political acquiescence is not a property of ritual healing alone, but that it characterizes all three healing systems in South Africa - the biomedical, the Zionist, and the traditional. The reason for this is that all three healing systems tend to individualize, and thereby depoliticize, problems which more often than not are political. Healing systems mediate between the personal and the politico-jural domain by means of corrective action at the microlevel; critical politics do the same by means of corrective action at the macrolevel. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.