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The Resource Spirit children : illness, poverty, and infanticide in northern Ghana, Aaron R. Denham

Spirit children : illness, poverty, and infanticide in northern Ghana, Aaron R. Denham

Label
Spirit children : illness, poverty, and infanticide in northern Ghana
Title
Spirit children
Title remainder
illness, poverty, and infanticide in northern Ghana
Statement of responsibility
Aaron R. Denham
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In parts of West Africa, some babies and toddlers are considered spirit children-nonhumans sent from the forest to cause misfortune and destroy the family. These are usually deformed or ailing infants, the very young whose births coincide with tragic events, or children who display unusual abilities. In some of these cases, families seek a solution in infanticide. Many others do not. Refusing to generalize or oversimplify, Aaron R. Denham offers an ethnographic study of the spirit child phenomenon in Northern Ghana that considers medical, economic, religious, and political realities. He examines both the motivations of the families and the structural factors that lead to infanticide, framing these within the context of global public health. At the same time, he turns the lens on Western societies and the misunderstandings that prevail in discourse about this controversial practice. Engaging the complexity of the context, local meanings, and moral worlds of those confronting a spirit child, Denham offers visceral accounts of families' life and death decisions
Member of
Cataloging source
WU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Denham, Aaron R
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DT510.43.F73
LC item number
D464 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Africa and the diaspora: history, politics, culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Infanticide
  • Children
  • Frafra (African people)
  • Frafra (African people)
  • Frafra (African people)
  • Armut
  • Frafra
  • Kindesmord
  • Krankheit
  • Ghana
Label
Spirit children : illness, poverty, and infanticide in northern Ghana, Aaron R. Denham
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Contextualizing infanticide and Northern Ghana -- For the house -- For the bush -- Spirit child behavior and causation -- Detection and decision-making -- Concoctions and concoction men : treating spirit children -- Causing death and prolonging lives -- Why infanticide? Sentiments and the dynamics of choice -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
959372937
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780299311209
Lccn
2016041575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027171711
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)959372937
Label
Spirit children : illness, poverty, and infanticide in northern Ghana, Aaron R. Denham
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Contextualizing infanticide and Northern Ghana -- For the house -- For the bush -- Spirit child behavior and causation -- Detection and decision-making -- Concoctions and concoction men : treating spirit children -- Causing death and prolonging lives -- Why infanticide? Sentiments and the dynamics of choice -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
959372937
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780299311209
Lccn
2016041575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40027171711
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)959372937

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