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NGOs & their Gods

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Julie Jenkins

on 24 January 2017

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Transcript of NGOs & their Gods

"Trokosi as Slaves"

--initiated without consent
--takes on punishment by becoming a slave
--sexually abused by priests
--physically abused by priests
--forced to work for priests
--no right to education, health care
--stigmatized by community & family
Punctured Hope
Film by Toronto Pictures
“Some people claim that people who are admitted into the Troxovi Institution are there to atone for the crimes of their relations. This notion is false (or at best a misconception) because admission...is a privilege extended to a family which fails to properly bring up its members to be of good behaviour....[the Fiasidi] is meant to be educated to become a role model in his/her family in particular and society in general”

"The Fiasidi, the sign-post, is not a slave nor a prisoner.”
"I am a slave...servant of God, he is my master. I have to do his bidding."
"Fiasidi as Queens/ Role-Models"
"The partiality of everyone's view is assured both by the divergent individual access to communities of interpretation and by the fact that these institutional matrices of knowledge are themselves not defined uniformly in different Chamba places" (Fardon 1990).

"A 'culture' need not be homogeneous or even particularly coherent. Instead of assuming far-reaching cultural sharing, a 'replication of uniformity,' we should take a distributive view of cultures as systems of meaning.. [look at culture] in more processual terms. There is a 'management' of meaning' by which culture is generated and maintained, transmitted and received, applied, exhibited remembered, scrutinized, and experimented with" (Hannerz 1999).
NGOs & their Gods: Competing Meanings of Religion, Human Rights, & Slavery in Southeastern Ghana
Julie Jenkins
Mark Wisdom
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