the production of witchcraft / witchcraft as production : memory , modernity , and the slave trade in Sierra Leone

  • Shaw R
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Abstract

In this article, I examine how memory is entailed in the constitution and repre- sentation of global modernity. During four centuries of Atlantic slave trading in Sierra Leone, Temne witchfinding developed as a technique for the ritual produc- tion of slaves. Today, Sierra Leone's integration into an earlier Atlantic world is "remembered" both in witchfinding ritual and in cosmological images of an ultramodern witch-city built from the extraction of human life and value.

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  • Temne
  • West Africa
  • memory
  • modernity
  • slave trade
  • withcraft

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  • Rosalind Shaw

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