Vigilantism in Ghana: Trends, Victim Characteristics, and Reported Reasons

Show simple item record Annor, F. Adzimah‐Alade, M. Akotia, C.S. Quarshie, E.N-B. 2020-06-29T11:38:14Z 2020-06-29T11:38:14Z 2020-05-04
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.1111/hojo.12364
dc.description Research Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Vigilantism is gaining popularity in Africa as a means of self-defence, enacting justice, policing morality, and sanctioning (perceived) wrongdoings. Drawing on content analysis of 172 media reports from 2001 to 2018, this study examined the trends and patterns of vigilantism, characteristics of victims, and reported reasons for recourse to vigilantism within the Ghanaian context. Results showed a considerable increase in reported cases of vigilantism within the 18-year period, with most of the cases reported in urban settings. Theft and robbery emerged as the most frequently suspected crimes for which victims were attacked and, in many cases, killed. The study underscores the implications of vigilantism in terms of disdaining human life and dignity. It calls for the need to revisit the justice administration systems and punishment procedures, as well as resourcing and empowering law enforcers to fight crime, including vigilantism en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 59;2
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject law enforcement en_US
dc.subject mob justice en_US
dc.subject vigilantism en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.title Vigilantism in Ghana: Trends, Victim Characteristics, and Reported Reasons en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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