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Title:Money, Power and Morality: Popular Cinema in the Fourth Republic
Author:Meyer, BirgitISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:political systems
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Architecture and the Arts
Abstract:This paper examines the expansive potential of popular culture in Ghana, in particular the ways in which it encroaches upon political discourse and debate in the wake of Ghana's return to a democratic constitution. It shows that popular culture in Ghana has increasingly become a mass-mediated, public culture and hence one that can no longer be neglected by those in power. The focus is on the film industry, not only because most of its products speak directly to issues of power, money and morality, but also because it is an arena par excellence for a study of struggles between the forces of the State and the (global) market. Through a discussion of the film scene and a number of new films ('Expectations', 'Namisha', 'Dark Sands') seen during her visit to Ghana in September 1999, the author shows how commercialization and the loosening of State control contribute to the emergence of a mass-mediated, public culture. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]