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Title:Consulting elderly Kumasi market women about modernization
Author:Clark, GraciaISNI
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:market women
urban economy
oral history
Abstract:The author discusses conversations in 1994-1995 about modernization with older female traders, who have been active in the Kumasi Central Market in Ghana since the 1930s. While both colonial and national governments promoted trade in the name of modernization and development, Asante market women often found government policies directed against them. In an analysis of the traders' narratives, the author unpacks the semantic field of 'anibue', which literally means 'eye-opening' with deep roots in Asante ideas of social process and individual growth, but has come to stand for the concepts of 'modernity' and 'modernization'. The women traders' assessment of the impact of modernization focuses on the shrinking economic opportunities for their children. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]