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The Possessed and the DispossessedSpirits, Identity, and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town$
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Lesley Sharp

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080010

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080010.001.0001

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The Problems and Conflicts of Town Life

The Problems and Conflicts of Town Life

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(p.203) Chapter VIII The Problems and Conflicts of Town Life
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The Possessed and the Dispossessed
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Lesley A. Sharp

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520080010.003.0008

Survival in this community of strangers hinges on social and economic success. Well-being for migrants in Ambanja is not just a matter of physical health—it involves personal skills and power in relation to the local social, economic, and political orders. The problems migrants encounter also affect kin who may live elsewhere under severe conditions characterized by a scarcity of land, food, animals, or even water. As healers, tromba mediums are specialists who help others cope with the uncertainties and disorder of life. Local systems of healing reveal the nature of affliction and are indicative of local tensions. Clients come to tromba mediums when plagued by problems that fall into three general categories: physical ill health, work and success, and love and romance. The focus of this chapter is on the problems and conflicts faced by adults in Ambanja.

Keywords:   Ambanja, migrants, tromba, mediums, healing, health, work, success, love, adults

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