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Title:Deaths in the Family: Domestic Violence, Witchcraft Accusations and Political Militancy in Transkei, South Africa, 1904-1965
Author:Redding, Sean
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:30
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:519-537
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Transkei
Subjects:domestic violence
witchcraft
legal procedure
1900-1949
1950-1959
1960-1969
Women's Issues
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
colonialism
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Historical/Biographical
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4133907
Abstract:This article discusses the intimate causes of violence within the family in the Transkei by analysing specific court cases that illustrate the significance of common beliefs in supernatural powers in framing domestic disputes. The belief in women's potential for violence, both directly through physical means, but also indirectly through the use of supernatural powers, was the foundation for many familial disputes. People used witchcraft allegations and violence to isolate and eradicate causes of social disruption and to punish instigators. Although the argument mostly concerns the intimacy of familial or domestic violence, it indicates also how witchcraft accusations in the late 1950s and early 1960s crossed over into the realm of politics in an analogous attempt to isolate and remedy the supernatural causes of the broader social and economic problems created by State policies. People turned both witchcraft accusations and violence against State officials in the political unrest that emerged during those years. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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