African taboos as a social control mechanism. Case of Shamva District
Chitsike, Rudo H.
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This research sought to explore how African taboos are social control mechanisms that have managed to foster admirable behavior in Shamva District. The alarming rate of the decadence of morality within societies has been a cause for concern. This has made it impossible to use traditional systems to amend issues of conflicts and family bonds. Questionnaires were used to collect data from participants in Wards 22, 23, 24 and 29. Snowball sampling was used in the selection of the sample. A qualitative approach was employed to analyze data. The research revealed the social taboos used, their relevance in controlling social behaviour and exploration of its sustainability. The research revealed that social taboos are neglected due to abandoning norms embedded within traditional and religious institutions. The research highlights on issues that have challenged African taboos mainly Westernization, urbanization, globalization and secularization. The media has a role in the rejuvenation of the African taboo system based on its influence. The traditional and religious institutions ought to merge and ponder on the constructive attributes derived from both institutions so as to curtail the decay of the social fabric.