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NCJ Number: NCJ 241670     Find in a Library
Title: Women as Easy Scapegoats: Witchcraft Accusations and Women as Targets in Tea Plantations of India
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Author(s): Soma Chaudhuri
  Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:18  Issue:10  Dated:October 2012  Pages:1213 to 1234
Date Published: 10/2012
Page Count: 22
  Annotation: This article revisits a much-debated question: Why are women popular targets during witch hunts? By using in-depth interviews this article provides an answer.
Abstract: This article revisits a much-debated question: Why are women popular targets during witch hunts? By using in-depth interviews this article provides an answer. Women are easy targets or scapegoats for two reasons. First, it is widely believed in the community that was studied that witches do, in fact, exist, and the images of witches are always female. Second, tribal women hold lower positions than men in all social, political, and ritual matters, and this contributes to their vulnerability during the hunt for scapegoats. This article also highlights the roles that rumors play during manipulation of witchcraft accusations to gather support for witch hunts. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Society-crime relationships ; Societal norms ; False evidence ; Gender issues ; India
Sponsoring Agency: Vanderbilt University
United States of America
Type: Interview ; Research Paper
Country: United States of America
Language: English
   
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