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Title:Rethinking the making and breaking of traditional and statutory institutions in post-Nkrumah Ghana
Author:Stacey, Paul
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Ghana
traditional society
State-society relationship
institutional change
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2016.29
Abstract: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. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]