Witchcraft: a Targeted Societal Discrimination Against Women in Northern Ghana Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Witchcraft: a Targeted Societal Discrimination Against Women in Northern Ghana

Creator

  • Author: Atumah, Oscar Nwagbo
    Creator Type: Personal

Contributor

  • Chair: Ingman, Stanley R.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Committee Chair
  • Chair: Swan, James
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Chair: Turner, Keith W.
    Contributor Type: Personal

Publisher

  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info: www.unt.edu

Date

  • Creation: 2013-12

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: A combination of aging and poverty is becoming dominant in African society today, at a time when African countries are expected to be recovering from poverty, and are projected to house the economic growth of the next century. The emergence of aging in African context and the aging of the world population will expose the weakness of the current mechanisms used for older people around the world. As economies grow around the world, the distribution gap between the affluent and the poor widens, and the constant struggles for wealth, power, and social status, amidst scarce resources, continue to be sustained. To remain in charge of economic resources, the powerful few devise means to disenfranchise the weak, and witchcraft accusation is one of such tools used in Northern Ghana today. A new wave of witchcraft accusation has caught the attention of many in Northern Ghana. These victims with certain socioeconomic characteristics appear helpless and without defense against such accusations. As a result, they suffer untold hardships and are often compelled to leave their homes and to reside in camps reserved for witches. This study was undertaken to identify those sociodemographic characteristics, which are commonly shared by witchcraft accusation victims. These sociodemographic characteristics can be used to predict those who are most likely to be discriminated against using accusations of witchcraft in Northern Ghana. As age places more strain on existing systems and as more people survive into old age with inadequate healthcare, more accusations may be predicted to occur against the elderly, unless enough government intervention is used to address the present redistribution of income in third world countries.

Subject

  • Keyword: Aging
  • Keyword: women
  • Keyword: witchcraft
  • Keyword: Africa

Collection

  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Rights

  • Rights Access: unt
  • Rights Holder: Atumah, Oscar Nwagbo
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc407752

Degree

  • Academic Department: Department of Sociology
  • Degree Discipline: Applied Gerontology
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Publication Type: disse

Note

  • Embargo Note: Restricted until January 1, 2019