Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Sex Thieves - The Anthropology of a Rumor

Sex Thieves - The Anthropology of a Rumor (Paperback)

£26.50
Despatched in 2 business days.
Order now for Free delivery in the UK or choose Express Delivery to receive in 2 business days.
More on delivery...

Synopsis

While working in Africa, anthropologist Julien Bonhomme encountered an astonishing phenomenon: people being accused of stealing or shrinking the genitals of strangers on the simple occasion of a handshake on the street. As he soon discovered, these accusations can have dramatic outcomes: the "sex thieves" are often targeted by large crowds and publicly lynched. Moreover, such rumors are an extremely widespread practice, having affected almost half of the African continent since the 1970s. In this book, Bonhomme examines the story of the "penis snatcher," asking larger questions about how to account for such a phenomenon unique in its spatial and temporal scale without falling prey to the cliche of Africa as an exotic other. Bonhomme argues that the public belief in sex thieves cannot be considered a superstition or form of mass hysteria. Rather, he brings to light multiple factors that explain the rumor's success and shows how the cultural dynamic can operate on a vast scale.

Analyzing the rumor on both transnational and local levels, he demonstrates how it arises from the ambiguities and dangers of anonymity, and thus that it reveals an occult flipside to everyday social interaction. Altogether, this book provides both richly ethnographic and theoretical understandings of urban sociality and the dynamics of human communication in contemporary Africa and beyond.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropology Publisher: HAU Publication Date: 15/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9780986132582  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Despatched in 2 business days. Login for Quick Checkout Add to Basket

Julien Bonhomme is associate professor of anthropology at the ecole normale superieure and researcher at the Laboratoire d'anthropologie sociale. Dominic Horsfall is a freelance translator based in the United Kingdom.

More books by Julien Bonhomme

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Black Tudors: The Untold Story
(Hardback)
Miranda Kaufmann
 
 
£18.99
 
Georgian Portraits
(Paperback)
Martin Demant Frederiksen
 
 
£12.99
 
Ricoeur and Castoriadis in ...
(Paperback)
Suzi Adams
 
 
£24.95
 
Zombies: An Anthropological...
(Paperback)
Phillipe Charlier; Richard Gray
 
 
£27.95
 
Latest Blog
#FoylesFave: Dr Seuss
25/09/2017

Matt from our Web Team is very silly. Maybe this explains his love for Dr Seuss, especially this new glow in the dark edition of What Was I Scared Of?

Read an Extract from A Skinful of Shadows
21/09/2017

Read an extract from the eagerly awaited new novel by the Costa-winning Frances Hardinge, A Skinful of Shadows.

#FoylesFive: Elsewhere-Elsewhen
18/09/2017

Jen from the Web Team shares a selection of books that will transport the reader to another time and place.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd