Similar to magic, developmentâs promise of a better world elicits both hope and suspicion from Wataita. Smith shows that the unforeseen changes wrought by developmentâgreater wealth for some, dashed hopes for many moreâfoster moral debates that Taita people express in occult terms. By carefully chronicling the beliefs and actions of this diverse communityâfrom frustrated youths to nostalgic seniors, duplicitous preachers to thought-provoking witch doctorsâBewitching Development vividly depicts the social life of formerly foreign ideas and practices in postcolonial Africa.
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