Class, Power and Ideology in Ghana: The Railwaymen of Sekondi (African Studies)

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Although there is a growing body of literature on the process and potential political consequences of class-formation in Africa, there are virtually no detailed studies of the political attitudes and behaviour of African industrial workers. First published in 1978, this study analyses the political history and sociology of one particular group – the railway workers of Ghana’s third city, Sekondi-Takoradi, who are renowned for their leading role in the Ghanaian nationalist movement and for their sustained opposition to the elitism and authoritarianism of post-Independence governments. In seeking to explain the ideological consistency which has informed the political activities of the railway workers, Richard Jeffries shows how, within a close-knit and relatively stable community, a keen sense of their own history has provided the basis for a shared political culture.

Globalizing City: The Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana (Space, Place and Society)

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With the urbanization of the world’s population growing at an ever increasing pace, the need to understand the effects of globalization on cities is at the forefront of urban studies. Traditional scholarship largely employs a framework of analysis that is based on the globablizing experience of Western cities. In Globalizing City Richard Grant draws on ten years of empirical research in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, to show how this African city is as deeply transformed by globalization as the cities of other world regions.
Grant reveals how the international, transnational, and local forces operate as drivers on the urban landscape of Accra. Through interviews and extensive field work, he examines how foreign companies, returned expatriates, and native Ghanaians foster globalization on multiple levels. Globalizing City offers an excellent case study of the complex social and economic dynamics that have transformed Accra, providing an essential guide for studying globalizing cities in general.Syracuse University Press

Big Men, Small Boys and Politics in Ghana: Power, Ideology and the Burden of History, 1982-1994


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During the 1980s Ghanaian politics went through remarkable transformations – from revolution, through adoption of a draconian economic reform programme, to the eventual return to democratic government in 1992. This study covers the entire sequence of events, situating them in the broader historical context and offering a sustained explanation of what occurred. Since the eighteenth century, a central theme dominating Ghanaian politics and society has been the relationship between wealth and virtue, and Dr Nugent offers a key explanation of the way in which this theme is still predominant today.
Drawing on research which focuses on different sectors of the body politic – the labour movement, the peasantry, professional associations, the student movement, the churches and the military – this book provides a much-needed synthesis. Dr Nugent gives an in-depth analysis of the 1992 elections, including information based on personal fieldwork and interviews undertaken in the Volta Region. His analysis is situated within the wider context of Africanist historical and political research, while doing justice to the nuances and complexities of Ghanaian political life.

Politics & the Struggle for Democracy in Ghana: An Introduction to Political Science


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“Politics & the Struggle for Democracy in Ghana” is a pioneering attempt to describe the Ghanaian political system, define its parameters, its structures and analyze the ups and downs of democratic transitions and the struggles thereof. The book is a good fit for students pursuing courses in political science at the university level in Ghana or studying social science at Ghanaian Senior High Schools.

The Ownership Paradox: The Politics of Development Cooperation with Bolivia and Ghana

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Since 1999, multi- and bilateral development agencies are basing their cooperation with heavily indebted poor countries on the elaboration of poverty reduction strategy papers that should be ?country-owned’. Based on the findings of over a hundred interviews with donor agency, government and civil society representatives in Ghana and Bolivia, this book explores the concept of ownership and analyses the power relationships between aid donors and recipient governments involved in efforts to promote ownership. Bettina Woll analyses two different tools of development cooperation aimed at promoting ownership: direct budget support mechanisms and the fostering of civil society participation in national policy-making. By placing these tools in their socio-political context, she shows that informal political processes, rather than donors’ attempts to foster ownership determine national politics ? and ultimately the likelihood of success of political reform.The Ownership Paradox

Cooperatives Development


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Agricultural policy is critical to the developmental efforts of African states lacking major mineral resources. Despite its importance, however, the production of export agricultural crops declined in the rural sectors of Africa as food imports became increasingly burdensome.
    In this highly original study, Crawford Young, Neal P. Sherman, and Tim H. Rose offer a theoretical and empirical comparison of the role of agricultural cooperatives in two middle-sized African states, Ghana and Uganda. The lessons learned here are of broad value and interest to those involved in planning and development in Third World nations, and to scholars and students in political science, political and agricultural economics, and rural sociology.
    The authors’ field work for this study was extensive, spanning more than ten years, and including interviews with, and surveys of, more than 1,400 African farmers, government officials, and others involved in agricultural policy in the two nations.
    Cooperatives have played a paramount role in both nations, in the marketing of the major export commodities (cocoa in Ghana, cotton and coffee in Uganda), and the governments of both nations have played central roles in the development or discouragement of the cooperatives. For this reason, the cooperative experience offers important insight into the political economy of agricultural development.
    The authors found that the classic cooperative egalitarian ideology was, in both nations, subordinate to local patterns of social hierarchy. Nevertheless, farmers in the two nations—particularly in Uganda—were generally favorable to the cooperative idea in theory and practice. With patient support, the authors conclude, cooperatives can exert a moderately positive influence on agricultural and political development.

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Kwame Nkrumah: A Case Study of Religion and Politics in Ghana

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This book examines how Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first post-colonial political leader legitimized his rule. It argues that Nkrumah found in religion a way to weld ethnicnically diverse groups with primordial attachments together. Through his employment he was able to spearhead the building of a nation he named Ghana. Social, anthropological, as well as political theories from Max Weber, Clifford Geertz, Kofi Busia, Ali Mazrui, David Apter, and others are utilized to examine the Nkrumah phenomenon. Specifically, the book contributes to the extensive literature on Nkrumah by supplying an often neglected link: The role of religion in Nkrumah’s life, thought and career. By so doing it emphasizes the role of religious ideas and religious action in Ghanaian politics.

Unravelling Migrants as Transnational Agents of Development: Social Spaces in between Ghana and Germany (Politics, Community and Society in a … Gesellschaft in einer globalisierten Welt)

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Since the early 2000s, there has been an increased interest in international migration as a central mechanism to advance what is called the development potential of international migrants. The contributions in this book argue that the current enthusiasm about the migration-development nexus should be approached from a perspective that recognizes and critically appraises the emergence of a new agent in development discourse, variably called “migrants,” “diaspora,” or “transnational community.” The essays, which are the result of intensive student research at Bielefeld University, depart from issues raised by the migration-development nexus and ask how life-worlds and institutions are changing in the face of cross-border processes. In this way, the book is also a contribution to the different understandings of development. (Series: Politik, Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft in einer globalisierten Welt – Vol. 11)

Voices of African Women: Women’s Rights In Ghana, Uganda, And Tanzania


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Voices of African Women is a collection of essays by accomplished women’s rights lawyers from Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. In the last decade, women’s human rights have been the focus of significant attention at the international level. There remains, however, a dearth of information concerning the application and relevance of international norms at grassroots levels within Africa. There are few works about women’s human rights within Africa that are actually written by African women lawyers and human rights activists. This book offers a glimpse into the lives of women in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania; it describes — in their own words — the challenges these activists face in implementing international human rights norms at the local and national levels.Used Book in Good Condition