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“Correcting an Erring Wife Is Normal”: Moral Discourses of Spousal Violence in Ghana

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“Correcting an Erring Wife Is Normal”: Moral Discourses of Spousal Violence in Ghana. / Adjei, Stephen Baffour.

In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 33, No. 12, 2018, p. 1871-1892.

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Adjei, SB 2018, '“Correcting an Erring Wife Is Normal”: Moral Discourses of Spousal Violence in Ghana', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 33, no. 12, pp. 1871-1892. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515619751

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Adjei, Stephen Baffour. / “Correcting an Erring Wife Is Normal”: Moral Discourses of Spousal Violence in Ghana. In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2018 ; Vol. 33, No. 12. pp. 1871-1892.

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