Articolo
Abstract

Among the Nzema of Ghana evil is always caused by external agents, often of supernatural type. The rise of evil is a sign of social order subversion. Physical disability is perceived as result of a taboo breaking, disrespectful actions against deities or ancestors and, more generally, adoption of antisocial behaviors. A physically challenged represents an evident and permanent guilt sign for his family group, who is constantly highlighted before their community by the presence of the “disabled” body. Nzema moral order exercises a regulatory social function and has a prominent role in spreading a negative perception about disability, which has an effect on many aspects belonging to everyday life, by contributing to the social exclusion process of physically challenged. An habitus is “imposed” on a person with disability. Countless negative labels “were affixed” to him. Habitus and labels are the result of an organizing action that acts on the human body from the outside, not only through conceptions, but also through local perceptions that shape a given habitus. This paper wants to provide a cross-section of a specific local world, where moral order collides with the global processes, creating movements and laws to promote people with disability rights.