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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 Social World of Children

The Social World of Children

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(p.222) Chapter IX The Social World of Children
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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/9780520080010.003.0009

The significance of power for njarinintsy possession must be investigated in reference to two axes, one defined by a historical development from past to present and the other including different levels of social experience: the community, the family and the schoolyard, and the individual. This chapter illustrates, first, that children and adults have very different possession experiences, and thus njarinintsy provides additional information on the structural significance of tromba in this community. Second, the dangers associated with njarinintsy possession uncover other dimensions of disorder in this community which, in turn, have implications for the future. These children's experiences reveal the hidden underbelly of town life, deepening the understanding of problems associated with gender, polyculturalism, and colonialism that have thus far been explored only through adults' eyes.

Keywords:   power, njarinintsy, possession, children, adults, tromba, community, gender, polyculturalism, colonialism

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