Re: Rumors of baby-stealing in Guatemala

Stephanie Wilson (swilson@BIGCAT.MISSOURI.EDU)
Wed, 22 Jun 1994 15:45:16 -0500

On Tue, 21 Jun 1994, mail anthro-l at ubvm wrote:

> Should the analysis of such rumors also be extended beyond plausibility, stress
> and scapegoats, to whether there may be persons or groups in that society who
> have something to gain by diverting attention and blame to an external scape-
> goat? Without going overboard into conspiracy theories, isn't it a point
> worth thinking about?
> Carter Pate
Good point. There could also be benefits besides simply divertin
attention, couldn't there? Wouldn't there be benefits for those in power
if people kept their kids at home and avoided contact with foreigners,
Americans in particular? Hmm...
Steph Wilson