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The Witchdoctors are not Wrong: The Future Role and Impact of African Psychology on Individual Well-Being

  title={The Witchdoctors are not Wrong: The Future Role and Impact of African Psychology on Individual Well-Being},
  author={Mwizenge S. Tembo},
The African indigenous epistemology has been impugned, despised, and denigrated since the advent of European colonialism. The Western or Eurocentric view has consistently and widely used the pejorative terms “witchdoctor” and “superstition” when describing, referring to, and in the majority of cases dismissing elements of African indigenous world view. The twin concepts of witchdoctor and superstition have been used to negatively portray virtually all elements of African epistemology in the… 

An Empirical Methodology of the Study of Witchcraft and its implementation in African cultures

In Africa the study of witchcraft is hampered by methodological problems which are the result of the use of Eurocentric materialistic belittling paradigm. To avoid this pitfall, this paper offers a

“Women … Mourn and Men Carry On”: African Women Storying Mourning Practices: A South African Example

The authors argue for the use of positioning theory and witnessing practices to honor and story the ongoing struggle of African women as these women take different agentic positions by accepting, questioning, resisting, and/or changing cultural mourning practices while they compassionately witness the self and others in the narratives they live.

Making meaning of empowerment and development in rural Malawi—International individualism meets local communalism

Empowerment is a prominent concept in psychology, and for decades, it has been a key term in global development policy, theory, and practice. However, in line with similar turns toward individualism

Killings of persons with albinism (PWAs) in Tanzania: Deconstructing dominant cause narratives (2007-2015)

This study seeks to identify dominant narratives around the causes of killings of people with albinism (PWAs) in Tanzania. The main causal narratives found were around witchcraft and cultural

Sub-Saharan African cultural belief system and entrepreneurial activities: A Ghanaian perspective

This article seeks to advance our understanding of the culture-entrepreneurship relationship from an African perspective by examining how six African traditional beliefs either promote or hinder

The Deadly Fallacy of the HIV-AIDS-Death Hypothesis : Exposing the Epidemic that Is Not by

Recommendations are made on what science, Zambians and perhaps the public should do to investigate, counteract, correct, and if possible remove the illegitimate and perhaps scandalous influence of the HIV-AIDS orthodoxy.

Magic and its Value among the Imilangu of Kalabo and Sikongo Districts of Western Zambia

This study aimed at assessing indigenous knowledge, magic to be specific, among the Imilangu of Kalabo and Sikongo Districts of Western Zambia. This study expounded some magic activities that were



Discourse on Colonialism

A civilization that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilization. A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken

The Achieving Society

Examines the motivation for achievement as a psychological factor that shapes economic development. Refuting arguments based on race, climate, or population growth, the book instead argues for

Acquiring Culture: Cross-cultural Studies in Child Development

Preface. Gustav Jahoda and I.M. Lewis Introduction: Child Development in Psychology and Anthropology Part 1: Non-verbal Processes in the Acquisition of Culture 1. Colwyn Trevarthen Universal

In the Heart of Bantuland

Mr. Campbell provides his readers with an abundance of good stories of big-game hunting, slave traders, and natives and Europeans whom he has met in his twenty-nine years of experience as a

Adapting Witkin's field independence theory to accommodate new information from Africa.

  • M. Wober
  • Psychology
    British journal of psychology
  • 1967
Results using a visual, and a mixed visual and proprioceptive test suggest a different pattern of response from African than from American subjects, taking to show that the sameness of cognitive style through all fields of an individual's behaviour may not occur for Africans as it may for Americans.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Preface Addition to the preface Introduction Chapter One - Some Questions on Development What is Development What is Underdevelopment? Chapter Two - How Africa Developed Before the Coming of the

Understanding Contemporary Africa

Africa - A Geographic Preface, J.W. Neff The Historical Context: Thomas O'Toole African Politics, Donald L. Gordon The Economies of Africa, V. DeLancey African International Relations, P. Schraeder

Geometric illusions and environment: a study in Ghana.

  • G. Jahoda
  • Business
    British journal of psychology
  • 1966
A significant overall difference in the expected direction between Ghanaian and British subjects was obtained with the Muller-Lyer, but no differences corresponding to environmental variations emerged on either of the illusions within the subgroups of Ghanaian subjects.

Experiencing Ritual: A New Interpretation of African Healing

Experiencing Ritual is Edith Turner's account of how she sighted a spirit form while participating in the Ihamba ritual of the Ndembu. Through her analysis, she presents a view not common in