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Title:Gun culture in Kumasi
Author:McCaskie, T.C.ISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Ghana
defence industry
urban environment
External links:https://doi.org/10.3366/E0001972008000260
Abstract:This article is about gun culture in Kumasi, historic capital of Asante and Ghana's second city. Gun use in Asante, and elsewhere in Ghana, has increased significantly in the last decade. In practice and in the public imagination this is associated with the rise of youth gangs and the criminalization of urban space. Much has been written about youths and violence elsewhere in Africa, but this article focuses on the neglected topic of guns themselves - their manufacture, sale, distribution, use and meanings. In Kumasi, which in Suame Magazine has the biggest indigenous metalwork and engineering complex in all of West Africa, skilled artisans now make copies of imported automatic assault rifles, like the Soviet AK-47, as well as shotguns and pistols. This development is explored in a number of ways, and most especially in terms of the relationship between guns and their local history, Kumasi youth, crime and shifting patterns of desire and consumption. It is the purpose of this article to add to the growing literature on 'violent youth' in Africa, but to do so from the viewpoint of the weapons that enable this violence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]