Email from Ngeti : An Ethnography of Sorcery, Redemption, and Friendship in Global Africa / James H. Smith, Ngeti Mwadime.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
1 online resource (241 p.)
- Taita (African people) -- Social life and customs.
Taita (African people) -- Religious life.
Witchcraft -- Kenya -- Taita Hills.
Taita Hills (Kenya) -- Social life and customs.
- Electronic books.
- Email from Ngeti is a captivating story of sorcery, redemption, and transnational friendship in the globalized twenty-first century. When the anthropologist James Smith returns to Kenya to begin fieldwork for a new research project, he meets Ngeti Mwadime, a young man from the Taita Hills who is as interested in the United States as Smith is in Taita. Ngeti possesses a savvy sense of humor and an unusual command of the English language, which he teaches himself by watching American movies and memorizing the Oxford English Dictionary. Smith and Mwadime soon develop a friendship that comes to span years and continents, impacting both men in profound and unexpected ways. For Smith, Ngeti can be understood as an exemplar of a young generation of Africans navigating the multiplicity of contemporary African life-a process that is augmented by globalized culture and the Internet. Keenly aware of the world outside Taita and Kenya, Ngeti dreams big, with endless plans for striking it rich. As he struggles to free himself from what he imagines to be the hold of the past, he embarks on an odyssey that takes him to local diviners, witch-finders, Pentecostal preachers, and prophets. This is the fascinating ethnography of Mwadime and Smith, largely told through their shared emails, journals, and recorded conversations in the field. Throughout, the reader is struck by the immediacy and poignancy of coauthor Ngeti's narrative, which marks a groundbreaking shift in the nature of anthropological fieldwork and writing.
1. Emails from the Field: An Introduction
2. English Makes You See Far
3. God Helps Those That Help Themselves
4. Good Ants, Bad Milk, and Ugly Deeds
5. The Power of Prayer
6. Works and Days
7. A Confrontation
Appendix of Names
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Includes bibliographical references.
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- Mwadime, Ngeti, author., Author,
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- 10.1525/9780520959408 doi
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