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Speak of the Devil : Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England - Jean La Fontaine

Speak of the Devil

Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England

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Published: 13th April 1998
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Allegations of satanic child abuse became widespread in north America in the early 1980s. In Britain shortly afterwards there were similar claims that sexual abuse, torture and murder were taking place as part of rites of witchcraft and devil worship Jean La Fontaine, a senior British anthropologist, was funded by the Department of Health to undertake research into the allegations and found that there was no independent corroboration of these allegations in the many cases she studied. The problem then was to explain why they continued to be believed. Professor La Fontaine draws parallels with witchcraft accusations in the classic literature of anthropology and also with the witch-hunts in the sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Europe, showing how this contemporary social movement drew on different elements in British society and was fostered by the climate of socio-economic change and insecurity. Persuasively argued, this is an authoritative and scholarly account of a controversial, emotive issue.

'This modest book is an important contribution to the expanding grey area in which Sociology and Social Anthropology overlap ... In general this book must be of very wide interest and it is an excellent demonstration of how valuable the theory and fieldwork of traditional Social Anthropology can be for a problem-oriented study of contemporary society.' Cambridge Anthropology

List of tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: the problemp. 1
The personification of evilp. 18
Witches, satanists and the occultp. 38
The extent of the allegationsp. 56
The question of proofp. 76
Explaining beliefp. 94
Children's storiesp. 112
Confessions and tales of horrorp. 134
A modern movement of witch-finders?p. 156
Aftermath and conclusionsp. 177
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780521629348
ISBN-10: 0521629349
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 13th April 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36