Witchcraft and Concepts of Evil amongst African Migrant Workers in Israel.

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Based on qualitative research methodologies, this article will focus on exploring and analyzing notions of witchcraft and evil amongst African migrant labourers in the midst of deportation and harsh economics, beginning in the 2000s. The analysis will suggest that juxtaposing family, social tension, stress, and witchcraft is significant in understanding the role of witchcraft, evil forces, and malicious spirits in the way African migrants experience the modern world. Finally, the article will explore how African migrants incorporated local Jewish religious powers into their understanding of evil and witchcraft, thus expanding the discourse on belief systems in the context of transnational migration globalization and modernity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-141
Number of pages32
JournalCanadian Journal of African Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010


  • Witchcraft
  • Good & evil
  • Migrant labor
  • Qualitative research
  • Africans
  • Israel -- Economic conditions
  • Social conflict
  • Globalization
  • Modernity
  • Deportation
  • Extended families
  • Attitude (Psychology)
  • Israel


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