Witch-Hunts and Persecution

Witch-Hunts and Persecution

Dr Nicholas Herriman

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In this course, we will use the anthropological approach and methodology to understand witch-hunts and persecution. We start by looking at magic, witchcraft and sorcery and explaining the persistence of related beliefs and practices. As we will see the basic idea of witch persecution is that we have an image of a witch (or sorcerer) and then we pin it on someone. We analyze this image in greater detail. Pinning this image on someone is a process of accusation; we analyze among whom, why and how accusations occur. Finally, we look at some “witch-hunts”—including the Great Witch-hunt, the Salem Trials, and McCarthyism—in greater detail.
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In this course, we will use the anthropological approach and methodology to understand witch-hunts and persecution. We start by looking at magic, witchcraft and sorcery and explaining the persistence of related beliefs and practices. As we will see the basic idea of witch persecution is that we have an image of a witch (or sorcerer) and then we pin it on someone. We analyze this image in greater detail. Pinning this image on someone is a process of accusation; we analyze among whom, why and how accusations occur. Finally, we look at some “witch-hunts”—including the Great Witch-hunt, the Salem Trials, and McCarthyism—in greater detail.
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Witch-Hunts and Revitaliz...

10 Oct 2013 | 20 mins 21 secs

Witch-Hunts and Revi...

10 Oct 2013 | 20 mins 21 secs

Accusations: Directions o...

02 Oct 2013 | 24 mins 40 secs

Accusations: Directi...

02 Oct 2013 | 24 mins 40 secs

Accusations: Who Gets Acc...

24 Sep 2013 | 17 mins 13 secs

Accusations: Who Get...

24 Sep 2013 | 17 mins 13 secs

Accusations: Gossip

13 Sep 2013 | 22 mins 45 secs

Accusations: Gossip

13 Sep 2013 | 22 mins 45 secs

Cannibal Mothers

28 Aug 2013 | 09 mins 22 secs

Cannibal Mothers

28 Aug 2013 | 09 mins 22 secs

Primordial Characters

21 Aug 2013 | 14 mins 51 secs

Primordial Character...

21 Aug 2013 | 14 mins 51 secs

Nightmare Witches

19 Aug 2013 | 19 mins 23 secs

Nightmare Witches

19 Aug 2013 | 19 mins 23 secs

Indonesian Witch-Hunts

13 Aug 2013 | 54 mins 19 secs

Indonesian Witch-Hun...

13 Aug 2013 | 54 mins 19 secs

African Witch-Finding Mov...

06 Aug 2013 | 28 mins 58 secs

African Witch-Findin...

06 Aug 2013 | 28 mins 58 secs

Salem and McCarthyism

06 Aug 2013 | 27 mins 20 secs

Salem and McCarthyis...

06 Aug 2013 | 27 mins 20 secs

The Great Witch-Hunt

06 Aug 2013 | 37 mins 43 secs

The Great Witch-Hunt

06 Aug 2013 | 37 mins 43 secs

The Modernity of Witchcra...

19 Jul 2013 | 31 mins 38 secs

The Modernity of Wit...

19 Jul 2013 | 31 mins 38 secs

Anthropological Explanati...

19 Jul 2013 | 43 mins 23 secs

Anthropological Expl...

19 Jul 2013 | 43 mins 23 secs

Magic, Witchcraft, and So...

19 Jul 2013 | 26 mins 23 secs

Magic, Witchcraft, a...

19 Jul 2013 | 26 mins 23 secs

Anthropological Approach ...

19 Jul 2013 | 27 mins 18 secs

Anthropological Appr...

19 Jul 2013 | 27 mins 18 secs