The sorcery of gender: sex, death and difference in East Java, Indonesia.
Abstract: Drawing on ethnographic material from East Java, Indonesia, this article examines the intersections of sorcery and gender and suggests that sorcery is a form of exchange, which, as well as inducing misfortune, pain and death, evinces gender. Key here are the invocation and inversion of marriage transactions and wedding rituals, and an underlying conception of the person as inherently androgynous. The article also calls for sorcery and other manifestations of violence to be moved away from the margins and towards the centre of anthropological descriptions of Javanese sociality.
Keywords: sorcery gender sex agency affectivity Java
Author details: The author is Lecturer in the Anthropology of South East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, UK. E-mail: [email protected] [email protected]