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Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence in Ghana


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List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Witchcraft Violence in Comparative PerspectiveChapter 1. Ghana: The Research SettingChapter 2. Witchcraft Beliefs in GhanaChapter 3. Socialization into Witchcraft BeliefsChapter 4. Witchcraft Themes in Popular Ghanaian MusicChapter 5. Witchcraft Imagery in Akan ProverbsChapter 6. Witchcraft Trials in Ghanaian CourtsChapter 7. Witch KillingsChapter 8. Non-Lethal Treatment of Alleged WitchesChapter 9. Gendered Victimization: Patriarchy, Misogyny, and GynophobiaConclusion: Curbing Witchcraft-Related Violence in GhanaBibliographyIndex

About the Author

Mensah Adinkrah, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Central Michigan University. He was a U.S. Fulbright scholar to Ghana and has held positions at University of the South Pacific and Metropolitan State University. Adinkrah is author of Crime, Deviance & Delinquency in Fiji (1995), Violent Encounters: A Study of Homicide Patterns in Fiji (1996), and numerous scholarly articles.


"By attending to witch hunts in all its facets in Ghanaian society, [the author] offers the most in-depth examination of witchcraft to date... Although the author focuses on Ghana, the work draws attention to the fact that witchcraft-related violence is not unique to the country, but very much a part of global history, past and present. The wide variety of sources it pulls together and the human face it gives to witchcraft related violence are the biggest strengths of Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence. This is a valuable book for both undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and African studies." * International Journal of African Historical Studies (IJAHS)

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