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Title:Truly national? Social exclusion and the 'Ghana@50' celebrations
Authors:Anyidoho, Nana Akua
Asante, Kofi TakyiISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
national identity
social inequality
Abstract:The concept of social exclusion can be used to analyse manifestations of social inequality as wide-ranging as political alienation, unemployment and homelessness. This paper uses this concept to analyse public perspectives and experiences of the 'Ghana@50' celebrations. Social exclusion allows for looking at the question of participation in the process and benefits of nationbuilding and development. The paper concludes that 'Ghana@50', for all that it was billed as a national celebration, was perceived and experienced by some Ghanaians as exclusionary in its organization and in the narratives that accompanied the celebrations. The paper highlights the exclusion of individuals and groups on the basis of political affiliation, age, gender and spatial location, and these instances of exclusion evidence continuity with historical patterns of social disadvantage. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]