Colonialism and Med pt 2

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Colonialism and Med pt 2 Cultural Struggles – Exploitation, loss & violence of colonialism get incorporated into the symbolic systems that colonized people create Case study – Kaliai of New West Britain, Papua New Guinea Remember Evans-Pritchard: Sorcery was a philosophical way of making sense of misfortune. Accusations often emerge where there is conflict b/t groups of people i.e. b/t gender, generations, socioeconomic. The body becomes a political arena for social conflicts. Europeans dominate – new political structures, laws, social structures aiming to reshape Kaliai loyal to the British by empowering only a select few. Kaliai structures were based on kinship groups and kin, but colonial regime absolved that system immediately and gave divisions based on languages and economics. Sorcery accusations began to get spread in a new way, against people who were in the colonial leadership positions, money, and favor by those who felt that their power was illegitimate. Kaliai did not have the military or political strength to overcome British, but their symbolic interpretation of the unfairness of the colonial domination
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