Media and Witchcraft Accusation in Northern Ghana

Media and Witchcraft Accusation in Northern Ghana AbstractThere has been a growing visibility of witchcraft beliefs in the African media. The dominant paradigm in the academic literature on witchcraft is that the media reinforce witchcraft beliefs by disseminating information and ideas that are related to witchcraft accusations and witch hunting. However, a careful examination shows that this is not always the case because the media serve other counter purposes. Using ethnographic data from the Dagomba area in Northern Ghana and the concept of forum shopping, this paper explores how accused persons in the Dagomba communities utilize the limited media coverage to enhance their responses to witchcraft accusations. Apart from disseminating information regarding the activities of assumed witches, the media publicize perspectives that reject witchcraft notions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Secular Studies Brill

Media and Witchcraft Accusation in Northern Ghana

Secular Studies, Volume 1 (2): 18 – Jan 1, 1

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2589-2517
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2589-2525
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10.1163/25892525-00102001
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AbstractThere has been a growing visibility of witchcraft beliefs in the African media. The dominant paradigm in the academic literature on witchcraft is that the media reinforce witchcraft beliefs by disseminating information and ideas that are related to witchcraft accusations and witch hunting. However, a careful examination shows that this is not always the case because the media serve other counter purposes. Using ethnographic data from the Dagomba area in Northern Ghana and the concept of forum shopping, this paper explores how accused persons in the Dagomba communities utilize the limited media coverage to enhance their responses to witchcraft accusations. Apart from disseminating information regarding the activities of assumed witches, the media publicize perspectives that reject witchcraft notions.

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Published: Jan 1, 1

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