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Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology

The Sorcerer's Burden

The Ethnographic Saga of a Global Family

Authors: Stoller, Paul

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  • Presents the work of a top anthropologist-writer in the field 
  • Appeals to interdisciplinary interests in Anthropology, African Studies as well as ethnography writing, literature, and sociology
  • Expands on the widespread interest in magical practices and the clash of western and emerging cultures 
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This book emerges from the author's 35 years of research and thought about the Songhay people of Niger. This ethnographic novel follows the life of Omar Dia, the oldest son of a West African sorcerer. When his father falls ill and dies, the great sorcerer vomits a small metal chain onto his chest. Following the path of his ancestors, Omar swallows the chain, becoming his father's successor, which means that he takes on the sorcerer's burden. The book also describes how custodians of traditional knowledge are creatively adapting to the forces of globalization—all in a highly accessible narrative text.  


About the authors

Paul Stoller is Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, USA. He has been conducting anthropological research for more than 30 years in West Africa (Niger) and among African immigrants in New York City. In 2015, The American Anthropological Association awarded him the Anthropology and Media Award (AIME) in recognition of his longstanding Huffington Post blog that brings to the general public an anthropological perspective on politics, higher education, culture and media.

Table of contents (31 chapters)

Table of contents (31 chapters)
  • Prologue

    Pages 1-2

    Stoller, Paul

  • Chapter 1

    Pages 5-9

    Stoller, Paul

  • Chapter 2

    Pages 11-19

    Stoller, Paul

  • Chapter 3

    Pages 23-27

    Stoller, Paul

  • Chapter 4

    Pages 29-33

    Stoller, Paul

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sorcerer's Burden
Book Subtitle
The Ethnographic Saga of a Global Family
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31805-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31805-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31804-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81124-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 209
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