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Acknowledgments This book has been in the making for a long time, and thus I am indebted to many people and institutions who have helped contribute to its final completion . Much of the original research was conducted in South Africa during 1995 and 1998, with follow-up trips in 2002 and 2005. This project grew out of my experiences living and studying in 1992 at the University of Cape Town, where I had the fortune of working on an oral history project with Lance Van Sittert and Helen Bradford. These two scholars skillfully introduced me to the methodology of oral history and encouraged me to pursue my own interests at an early stage of my career. It was while investigating, under Dr. Bradford ’s supervision, the experiences of women who had had illegal abortions in South Africa that I initially discovered the important roles that African healers played in people’s lives. I am most grateful for the support of friends, teachers, and colleagues over the years who were instrumental in the inception, growth, and final production of this book and who provided much intellectual stimulus, emotional support, and, at times, necessary distractions. Without them this book could not have been written. In its first incarnation as a dissertation and later in its expansion and refining as a manuscript, I benefited tremendously from the intellectual insight and probing questions of Ned Alpers, Cynthia Brantley, Catherine Burns, Colin Fisher, Doug Haynes, David Johnson, Oscar Lansen, Michael Mahoney , Boniface Obichere, Robert Papini, Julie Parle, Arthur Rubel, John David Smith, Yuki Terazawa, Sharon Traweek, Lance Van Sittert, George Vilakati, and William Worger. Thank you. In South Africa, I am most grateful for friends who provided their support, hospitality, and at times interventions during my extended stays in that country . Thank you, Paula Despins, Robin Fable, Simona Gallo, Hein Kleinbooi, Khutso Mampeule, Pierre Matungul, Robert Papini, Julie Parle, Elphy Sibeko, Swazi Tshabalala, and Janet Wojcicki. During my research trips to the field and archives, several people helped to bring this project to fruition. I am Abbreviations w xiii You are reading copyrighted material published by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Unauthorized posting, copying, or distributing of this work except as permitted under U.S. copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. especially thankful to Leo Naidoo, who not only welcomed me into his muthi shop, shared with me his love of the muthi trade, and introduced me to other healers, but became a good friend. V. T. Mkize, Environmental Health Officer of the Durban Health Department, was instrumental in introducing me to healers in the Durban area. I thank Anne Hutchings and Nicky Drysdale for opening their homes to me and for facilitating meetings with different healers. Paula Despins graciously shared her research data and site with me, introducing me to the rural area of Hlabisa and many of the healers who lived there. I am most grateful to the staff at the Pietermaritzburg Archive Repository and the Killie Campbell Africana Studies library where I spent a good deal of time. Not only were Pieter Nel, Unnay Narrine, and Thami Ndlovu in Pietermaritzburg and Bobby Eldredge and Dingane Mthethwa in Durban helpful, but their smiles and conversation provided welcome companionship that extended far beyond archival support. I have been fortunate to have participated in so many supportive and intellectually thought-provoking seminars and study groups over the years. Many of the chapters in this book benefited from the constructive criticism and probing of seminar participants at the Pietermaritzburg and Durban campuses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; the University of California, Los Angeles; the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Medicine Seminar at the California Institute of Technology; and the history department at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In particular, I thank Catherine Burns, Keith Breckenridge, Karen Cox, Mary Dillard, Melissa Feinberg, John Flower, Cymone Fourshey, Christine Haynes, Jeff Guy, John Laband, Marianne de Laet, Michael Mahoney, Patrick Malloy, Tim Nuttall, Mel Page, Sonia Seeman, Shobana Shankar, John Smail, and John Wright. I am particularly grateful to the many readers and editors at Ohio University Press. The critical insight of Catherine Burns, Allen Isaacman, and Jean Allman forced me to look at and expand this work in new and different ways. I especially thank Allen Isaacman, Jean Allman, and Gillian Berchowitz for their patience and dogged persistence as I completed the final manuscript. The research for this manuscript was funded in part by the University of California, Los Angeles; a Fulbright...


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