Tom Bratrud: "The Sorcerer as Folk Devil in Contemporary Melanesia"
In this chapter in the book Modern Folk Devils, Published by Helsinki University Press, Tom Bratrud challenges the assumption that moral panics are only created with the assistance of mass media.
In this chapter Tom Bratrud ethnographically explores a Christian revival movement in Vanuatu led by children. Examining events surrounding the hanging of two adults accused of sorcery, he challenges the assumption that moral panics are only created with the assistance of mass media. Instead, the chapter shows that they also arise in contexts where gossip, dreams and visions play a similar role in both defining social problems and moral panic.
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