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Experiments with Power – Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

J. Brent Crosson


From eighteenth-century slave rebellions to contemporary responses to police brutality, Caribbean methods of problem-solving “spiritual work” have been criminalized under the label “obeah.” Connected to justice-making force, obeah remains a crime in many nations of the anglophone Caribbean today. Experiments with Power addresses the complex question of what obeah is, providing the first book-length ethnography devoted to the subject. Instead of arguing for obeah’s decriminalization under terms of religious recognition enshrined in most modern constitutions, this work shows how obeah lays bare ... More

Keywords: obeah, African diaspora, Africana religions, anthropology, religious studies, police violence, critical race theory, colonialism, Caribbean, Trinidad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226700649
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226705514.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Brent Crosson, author
University of Texas at Austin

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