International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 322

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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