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Article Number - E405B8747740


Vol.6(10), pp. 314-321 , October 2014
DOI: 10.5897/IJSA2014.0560
ISSN: 2006-988X



Full Length Research Paper

Gendered injustice: A comparative analysis of witchcraft beliefs and witchcraft-related violence in Ghana and Nepal



Mensah Adinkrah
  • Mensah Adinkrah
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Central Michigan University 126 Anspach Hall, Mount Pleasant MI 48859. U.S.A.
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Prakash Adhikari
  • Prakash Adhikari
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Central Michigan University 126 Anspach Hall, Mount Pleasant MI 48859. U.S.A.
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 Received: 29 July 2014  Accepted: 09 September 2014  Published: 31 October 2014

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Witch-hunt is an often overlooked but major social problem in many of the societies in the Global South. Ghana and Nepal represent two such societies where modern-day witch-hunt is frequently reported. This study examines the similarities and differences in witchcraft beliefs and practices in Ghana and Nepal as well as the perpetration of aggressive acts against putative witches in these two societies. Among the issues explored are superstition, witchcraft beliefs, socio-demographic characteristics of victims and perpetrators of witch-hunts, as well as the socio-cultural contexts within which witch-hunts occur. 

 

Key words: Witchcraft, witch hunt, witches, wizards, Ghana, Nepal.

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APA Adinkrah, M., & Adhikari, P. (2014). Gendered injustice: A comparative analysis of witchcraft beliefs and witchcraft-related violence in Ghana and Nepal. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 6(10), 314-321.
Chicago Mensah Adinkrah and Prakash Adhikari. "Gendered injustice: A comparative analysis of witchcraft beliefs and witchcraft-related violence in Ghana and Nepal." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 6, no. 10 (2014): 314-321.
MLA Mensah Adinkrah and Prakash Adhikari. "Gendered injustice: A comparative analysis of witchcraft beliefs and witchcraft-related violence in Ghana and Nepal." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 6.10 (2014): 314-321.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJSA2014.0560
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJSA/article-abstract/E405B8747740

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