We’ve been discussing witchcraft in the Anthropology of Religion this week. The idea that accusing someone of witchcraft may be a way of enforcing norms against wealth accumulation or self-aggrandizement came up several times in our classroom conversations.
Is anyone out there (in anthropology, in the mainstream press) considering that the outrage against AIG executives for keeping large bonuses might be akin to an accusation of witchcraft? In other words, is it possible that public shaming might encourage, if not force, an executive to return the bonus money?
Links or citations would be appreciated.