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Snakes and Sirens: An Anthropological Journey along the Plural Pathways to Experience Mystery, Interpret Illness and Restore Health in Contemporary Douala

Marie-Christine Lammers

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ISBN 10: 3836486342 / ISBN 13: 9783836486347
Published by VDM Verlag, 2008
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Title: Snakes and Sirens: An Anthropological ...

Publisher: VDM Verlag

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Immersed in Douala's daily life, an anthropologist analyses the local interpretations of ill-being through individual stories and urban tales related to sorcery. Via an anthropological journey into the town's mysteries, she thematically approaches food, sex and death as recurrent topics of the Doualese imaginary. A thought-provoking blend of dense ethnographic data, sensitive personal accounts and theoretical reflections, Snakes and Sirens " explores the multiple faces of distress in present-day Douala and the creative local strategies to counter it. By positioning the anthropologist within her conceptual and contextual framework it offers an insider's view on the methodological hitches of fieldwork and ethnography and the fluctuations in the choice of referents and themes that strongly animate local perspectives.In a passionate dialogue between complementary disciplines - anthropology psychology philosophy and psychoanalysis - the author also proposes a renewed thinking on the self and the construction of identity against the emotionally charged background of fascinating cultural encounters and strong human relationships in one of Africa's most lively cities."

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Marie-Christine Lammers, Ph.D, is a Psychologist and Doctor in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She currently lives in Port-Gentil (Gabon) where she runs a centre for individual psychotherapy. She is also a consultant and trainer in leadership and diversity management for large organizations and corporations.

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