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Title:'Sakawa': rituals and cyberfraud in Ghanaian popular video movies
Author:Oduro-Frimpong, Joseph
Year:2014
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:57
Issue:2
Pages:131-147
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:fraud
Internet
magic
films
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2014.51
Abstract:'Sakawa' indexes a cyberfraud practice in Ghana allegedly linked with occult rituals. This article examines the phenomenon as an analytically relevant example of a material understanding of religion. It then offers a critical reading of a popular sakawa video series and contrasts its thematic perspectives with the reactions of some Ghanaian political leaders to the possible motivations for the practice. This critical approach is conceived as a response to the persistent myopic view of such popular genres as irrelevant to key debates around problematic Ghanaian issues and also to calls in global media studies to de-Westernize the field. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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