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In this set of essays Walima T. Kalusa and Megan Vaughan explore themes in the history of death in Zambia and Malawi from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Drawing on extensive archival and oral historical research they examine the impact of Christianity on spiritual beliefs, the racialised politics of death on the colonial Copperbelt, the transformation of burial practices, the histories of suicide and of maternal mortality, and the political life of the corpse.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Death – Again?
  2. Walima T. Kalusa and Megan Vaughan
  3. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. CHAPTER I - Translating the Soul: Death and Catholicism in Northern Zambia
  2. Megan Vaughan
  3. pp. 1-46
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  1. CHAPTER II - Sex, Death and Colonial Anthropologists in the Inter-War Period
  2. Megan Vaughan
  3. pp. 47-88
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  1. CHAPTER III - Death, Christianity and African Miners: Contesting Indirect Rule on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1935–1962
  2. Walima T. Kalusa
  3. pp. 89-132
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  1. CHAPTER IV - Corpses, Funerals, Imageries of Modernity and the Making of the African Elite Identity on the Zambian Copperbelt, 1945–1964
  2. Walima T. Kalusa
  3. pp. 133-164
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  1. CHAPTER V - Politics of the Gravesite: Funerals, Nationalism and the Reinvention of the Cemetery on the Zambian Copperbelt
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  3. pp. 165-200
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  1. CHAPTER VI - The Killing of Lilian Margaret Burton and Black and White Nationalisms in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) in the 1960s
  2. Walima T. Kalusa
  3. pp. 201-232
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  1. CHAPTER VII - Suicide: A Hidden History
  2. Megan Vaughan
  3. pp. 233-292
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  1. CHAPTER VIII - Maternal Mortality in Malawi: History and Moral Responsibility
  2. Megan Vaughan
  3. pp. 293-326
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  1. CHAPTER IX - Big Houses for the Dead: Burying Presidents Banda and Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi
  2. Megan Vaughan
  3. pp. 327-354
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 355-390
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  1. Back Cover
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