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Critical perspectives in politics and socio-economic development in Ghana /
edited by Wisdom J. Tettey, Korbla P. Puplampu, and Bruce J. Berman.
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2003.
description
xxi, 451 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9004130136 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2003.
isbn
9004130136 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
catalogue key
4881137
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [413]-447) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ph.D., Queen's University, is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, Canada Ph.D., University of Alberta, teaches at Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Canada. Ph.D., Yale University, is Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
This refreshing analysis of Ghana's socioeconomic political development offers a critical assessment of four aspects of Ghana's 45-year experience: its democratic institutions and processes; the impact of economic policies on urban and rural areas; the effect of development on indigenous institutions; and interactions between the indigenous culture and Western modernity. Most of the 16 contributors are African scholars teaching and doing research in Canadian or American universities, and their scholarship reflects not only the reconstruction of African history that leavens interpretations of current history and politics but also the flourishing of a new generation of Africanist scholars. All the essays are effective and readable intellectual reconfigurations of the civil and political units of Ghana's socioeconomic culture. Of special note is Berman's critique of political and cultural factors that undermine Ghana's potential for capitalist development, and Tettey's thoughtful analysis of the uses and abuses of the media by the government and politicians. Charlotte Kesson-Smith and Tettey offer an analytically precise historical survey of the realities and deprivations Ghanaian women have experienced in their struggle for a participatory role in the political system. Excellent, comprehensive bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. E. Doro emerita, Connecticut College
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' This refreshing analysis of Ghana's socioeconomic political development offers a critical assessment of ...Ghana's 45-year experience. All the essays are effective and readable intellectual reconfiguration's.'M.E. Doro, Choice, 2004.
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Summaries
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This volume provides a comprehensive and integrated analysis of Ghanaian politics, economy and society, outlining tensions, dilemmas and prospects that the country has to contend with. The chapters critically examine the performance and prospects of democratic institutions and processes; responses to, and impact of, economic policies and programs; and how culture intersects with the preceding developments to shape socio-economic and political institutions and practices. The collection is divided into four thematic sections: Politics, the State and Democratic ConsolidationEconomic Crisis and Neo-Liberal Reforms: Responses and Implications Indigenous Institutions and the Shaping of DevelopmentCulture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development It combines rich, recent, empirical material with sophisticated theoretical analyses, and brings unique interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the issues examined.
Description for Reader
Everyone interested in Ghana, as well as students and instructors of Comparative Politics, Development Studies, and African Studies, will find this book extremely useful.
Main Description
This volume provides a comprehensive and integrated analysis of Ghanaian politics, economy and society, outlining tensions, dilemmas and prospects that the country has to contend with. The chapters critically examine the performance and prospects of democratic institutions and processes; responses to, and impact of, economic policies and programs; and how culture intersects with the preceding developments to shape socio-economic and political institutions and practices. The collection is divided into four thematic sections:Politics, the State and Democratic ConsolidationEconomic Crisis and Neo-Liberal Reforms: Responses and Implications Indigenous Institutions and the Shaping of DevelopmentCulture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development It combines rich, recent, empirical material with sophisticated theoretical analyses, and brings unique interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the issues examined.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
List of Tables, Boxes and Figuresp. xv
Note on Contributorsp. xvii
Introduction: Ghana and the Experience of 'Development'p. 1
Politics, the State and Democratic Consolidation
Capitalism Incomplete: State, Culture and the Politics of Industrializationp. 21
Local Government, Decentralization and State Capacity in Ghanap. 45
The Mass Media, Political Expression and Democratic Transitionp. 83
Ethnicity and the Development of National Consciousness: A Human Factor Analysisp. 107
Economic Crisis and Neo-Liberal Reforms: Responses and Implications
State-NGO Relations and Agricultural Sector Developmentp. 135
The Implications of State Policy for Micro-Enterprise Developmentp. 153
"A Plurality of Resistances" to Economic Reform: The Case of State-Owned Enterprisesp. 177
Creative Allocation of Space as a Response to Economic Crisisp. 201
Demographic Processes, Economic Growth and Socio-Economic Development in Ghana, 1960-2000p. 223
Indigenous Institutions and the Shaping of Development
Chiefs in Their Millennium Sandals: Traditional Authority in Ghana--Relevance, Challenges and Prospectsp. 241
Land Tenure and Agricultural Development in Ghana: The Intersection of Class, Culture and Genderp. 273
Citizenship, Customary Law and Gendered Jurisprudence: A Socio-Legal Perspectivep. 305
Culture, Indigenous Knowledge and Development
Is Culture the Obstacle to Development in Ghana? A Critique of the Culture-Development Thesis as it Applies to Ghana and South Koreap. 335
Critical Teaching in an African Context: Local Knowledge and Educational Reformsp. 365
Environmentalism and Cultural Change: The Role of the Mass Mediap. 389
Referencesp. 413
Indexp. 449
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