28 October 2016

New publication: Rethinking the making and breaking of traditional and statutory institutions in post-Nkrumah Ghana

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Author: Postdoc Paul Austin Stacey from Section for Global Development, Department of Food & Resource Economics.

This article examines a complex dispute over the jurisdictions of traditional and statutory institutions that traversed shifts in forms of government in Ghana for nearly a decade following the ousting of Kwame Nkrumah in February 1966. The analysis emphasizes underlying processes of continuity and seeks to add nuance to familiar conceptualizations that view this period in terms of state weakness, crisis, and rupture. The article explores, in particular, a powerful category of chieftaincy defined in opposition to state logics that have escaped empirical investigation. It therefore invites a rethinking of the notion that the post-Nkrumah era heralded a state-initiated revival of traditional institutions.
Original language English
Journal African Studies Review
Volume 59
Issue number 2
Pages (from-to) 209-230
Number of pages 22
ISSN 0002-0206
State Published - Sep 2016