Dr Jane Parish

Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Anthropology
Phone: (+44) 01782 734232
Email: j.a.e.parish@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBC0.011
Role: Early Resolution Officer
SSLC Sociology
Study Abroad/Subject Tutor Sociology
Contacting me: I am on research leave in semester 1, 2014/15
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Jane Parish is an anthropologist whose research looks at the West African diaspora in Europe and the United States. Conducting fieldwork among Ghanaian immigrants in London, Liverpool, Paris, New York and Detroit, she looks at how conflicts about wealth, accumulation and identity, are negotiated through witchcraft discourses at Akan spirit shrines. Publishing extensively on these topics in peer reviewed journals, her most recent work is with Akan shrine priests in Brooklyn, Harlem and The Bronx and shows how shrines seek to reconcile the lavish consumption and extravagant lifestyles found in Manhattan with the failing American dream of their Black African and African American clients living in America’s rust belt.

Research interests include: West African witchcraft, conspiracy theories, moral obligation, trust and secrecy among extended kin networks. My PhD looked at anti witchcraft shrines in Ghana.

Since then my major research themes have been:

  • Witchcraft and occult discourses amongst the Africa diaspora looking especially at West African communities in Liverpool, Paris and New York
  • West African anti witchcraft shrines in Paris and New York
  • Conspiracy theories and the global economy

Selected Publications

  • Parish JAE. Uncanny objects and the fear of the familiar: Hiding from Akan witches in New York City. Journal of Material Culture.
  • Parish JAE. 2015. Mining morals, muck and Akan gold in New York City. Anthropology Southern Africa. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2015. Beyond Occult Economies: Akan spirits, New York Idols and Detroit automobiles. HAU : Journal of Ethnographic Theory. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2013. Chasing Celebrity: Akan Witchcraft and New York City. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, vol. 78(2), 280-300. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2011. West African Witchcraft, Wealth and Moral Decay in New York City. Ethnography, vol. 12(2), 247-265. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Parish J and Parker M. 2001. The Age of Anxiety. Conspiracy Theory and the Human Sciences. Blackwell, Oxford.

Journal Articles

  • Parish JAE. Uncanny objects and the fear of the familiar: Hiding from Akan witches in New York City. Journal of Material Culture.
  • Parish JAE. 2015. Mining morals, muck and Akan gold in New York City. Anthropology Southern Africa. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2015. Beyond Occult Economies: Akan spirits, New York Idols and Detroit automobiles. HAU : Journal of Ethnographic Theory. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2013. Chasing Celebrity: Akan Witchcraft and New York City. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, vol. 78(2), 280-300. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2011. West African Witchcraft, Wealth and Moral Decay in New York City. Ethnography, vol. 12(2), 247-265. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2011. Social suffering and anxiety: deciphering illness and suffering at Akan anti-witchcraft shrines in Paris. Anthropology and Medicine, vol. 18(3), 303-313. doi>
  • Parish J. 2010. Circumventing Uncertainty in the Moral Economy. West African Shrines in Europe, Witchcraft and Secret Gambling. African Diaspora, vol. 3(1), 76-92. doi>
  • Parish J. 2007. Locality, luck and family ornaments. Potteries, Museum and Society, vol. 5(3), 165-179.
  • PARISH JAE. 2005. From Liverpool to Freetown: West African Witchcraft, Conspiracy and the Occult. Culture and Religion, vol. 6(3), 353-368. doi>
  • PARISH JAE. 2005. Witchcraft, riches and roulette: An ethnography of West African gambling in the UK. Ethnography, vol. 6(1), 105-122. doi>
  • PARISH JAE. 2004. Kitsch taste and the consumption of Jackie 'O'. The Sociological Review, vol. 52(1), 90–105. doi>
  • PARISH JAE. 2003. Antiwitchcraft Shrines among the Akan: Possession and the Gathering of Knowledge. African Studies Review, vol. 46(3), 17-34. doi>
  • Parish JAE. 2000. From the body to the wallet: Conceptualising Akan witchcraft at home and abroad. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 6, 487-500.
  • Parish JAE. 1999. The dynamics of witchcraft and indigenous shrines among the Akan. Africa, vol. 69(3), 426-428.

Chapters

  • Parish J. 2001. Black market, free market: Anti-witchcraft shrines and fetishes among the Akan. In Magical Interpretations, Material Realities. Modernity, Witchcraft and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa. Moore H and Sanders IT (Eds.). Routledge, London.
  • Parish J. 2001. Consuming averages: Interpreting luck and the social mass. In The Consumption of Mass. Lee N and Munro R (Eds.). Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Parish J and Parker M. 2001. Introduction. In The Age of Anxiety. Conspiracy Theory and the Human Sciences. Parish J and Parker M (Eds.). Blackwell, Oxford.
  • SOC-10013 Modernity and its Darkside - Module Leader
  • SOC-20033 Witchcraft, Zombies and Social Anxiety - Module Leader
  • SOC-30025 Streets, Skyscrapers and Slums