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Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence in Ghana


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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction: Witchcraft Violence in Comparative Perspective

Chapter 1. Ghana: The Research Setting
Chapter 2. Witchcraft Beliefs in Ghana
Chapter 3. Socialization into Witchcraft Beliefs
Chapter 4. Witchcraft Themes in Popular Ghanaian Music
Chapter 5. Witchcraft Imagery in Akan Proverbs
Chapter 6. Witchcraft Trials in Ghanaian Courts
Chapter 7. Witch Killings
Chapter 8. Non-Lethal Treatment of Alleged Witches
Chapter 9. Gendered Victimization: Patriarchy, Misogyny, and Gynophobia

Conclusion: Curbing Witchcraft-Related Violence in Ghana


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)

"This book is notable for its empirical focus... [The case studies] underscore the author's claim that the phenomenon of 'witchcraft' is not a legacy of the past, but a modern phenomenon that must be considered in contemporary terms." * Gerrie ter Haar, Erasmus University Rotterdam

"I am very impressed by the breadth and depth of the research that went into the book. [It] is also well written. The language is accessible and would appeal to both academic and non-academic audiences." * Charles Quist-Adade, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

"The book is thorough and well-documented. The wide range of sources, from music to newspapers to first-hand experiences, makes this book a rich resource for scholars." * Laura Cochrane, Central Michigan University

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