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In Search of a “Credible” Witch: Contemporary Witch Hunts in the Tea Plantations of India

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Using qualitative data from forty in-depth interviews, this paper attempts to explore two levels of analysis on contemporary witch hunts. The first level of analysis is focused on gender and the victim of witch hunt. The questions that this paper attempts to answer are: Who is defined as a “witch” in the community, and how does gender play a role in the identification? What characteristics define a credible deviant? The second level of analysis is focused at the broader community, and its reaction on witch hunts. I use the concept of “dual deviance” and Stinchcombe’s (1968) analysis on the logic of functional explanation adapted by Jensen (2007) to explain witch hunts. In tribal societies threat to society and some of its members can occur in the form of diseases or illnesses. This undermines security in the society, and elicits a response in hunting for a scapegoat that would take the blame for undermining the stability in the community. The scapegoat takes the form of witches, and the fear displacing response takes the form of witch hunts.
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Chaudhuri, Soma. "In Search of a “Credible” Witch: Contemporary Witch Hunts in the Tea Plantations of India" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372627_index.html>

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Chaudhuri, S. , 2009-11-03 "In Search of a “Credible” Witch: Contemporary Witch Hunts in the Tea Plantations of India" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372627_index.html

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Abstract: Using qualitative data from forty in-depth interviews, this paper attempts to explore two levels of analysis on contemporary witch hunts. The first level of analysis is focused on gender and the victim of witch hunt. The questions that this paper attempts to answer are: Who is defined as a “witch” in the community, and how does gender play a role in the identification? What characteristics define a credible deviant? The second level of analysis is focused at the broader community, and its reaction on witch hunts. I use the concept of “dual deviance” and Stinchcombe’s (1968) analysis on the logic of functional explanation adapted by Jensen (2007) to explain witch hunts. In tribal societies threat to society and some of its members can occur in the form of diseases or illnesses. This undermines security in the society, and elicits a response in hunting for a scapegoat that would take the blame for undermining the stability in the community. The scapegoat takes the form of witches, and the fear displacing response takes the form of witch hunts.


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