Subject Area: Ghana
This study examines the functional adaptation of traditional societies to changing economic, social and spatial transformations in the Volta Basin of Ghana, in particular the changes caused by the construction of the Akosombo Dam in the early 1960’s and its effect on two Volta Basin communities displaced by the flood waters. It introduces the history of some of the core West African ethnic groups who laid the foundation for the development of cultural traditions in the area. A special feature of the book is that it identifies natural and cultural environments on an equal basis. It also identifies individual and group response to the transformations that created new and challenging conditions. Methodologically, the book employs an objective application of the principles of ethnoarchaeology to identify progressive societal adaptive strategies, which include settlement patterns, building technology, oral traditions, religion and ritual, marriage and death customs. The book is a result of over twenty years of research in the Volta Basin, living among and sharing knowledge with the people. With many illustrations.2010 0-7734-3597-2
This study explores the formation of gender identity and the sexual practices of teens
in Kumasi, Ghana within the context of the growing emphasis on formal schooling.
Direct interviews with students, teachers and members of the community offer a rich
variety of data that allows for important conclusions about shifting conceptions of
family, education, production and reproduction.2012 0-7734-3910-22011 0-7734-1492-42010 0-7734-3746-0
This book is the first to compare the primary child care legislation of a developed and a developing jurisdiction influenced by English juristic ideas. In addition, the empirical findings are indicative that there is more than one specific conceptualisation of children’s rights; to ensure provision, protection and/or participation rights of the child. It also revealed that the type of rights being advanced and implemented is the interest rights of the child.1999 0-7734-7896-5
This book examines the state of the telecommunications industry in Ghana and suggests policy options for the purpose of improving that sector.2005 0-7734-6208-2
This book is intended to help meet the need for published works on African Englishes in general and Ghanaian English in particular. To date it is the most comprehensive analysis of the English accent used by Ghanaians, an accent that differs in a number of significant ways from the varieties of English spoken in the majority of West African countries. Using empirical phonetic data collected from a representative group of informants, the volume discusses segmental, contextual and suprasegmental features of Ghanaian English. This entails a thorough examination of the range of variant pronunciations for each consonant and vowel phoneme and of such processes as assimilation and elision. Word accentuation (stress) and intonation are also analyzed to reveal the established Ghanaian accentual patterns as well as the interaction between word-level pitch movement and sentence-level pitch contours. The compar~tive/contrast approach used helps identify standardized forms in the Ghanaian English accent while at the same time noting regional and/or educational variation. The analysis therefore highlights the existence of a cline of phonological systems based on the socio-educational backgrounds of Ghanaian speakers.
This book will enhance the literature on World Englishes in addition to being a great help to teachers and students of Ghanaian English. The volume also appeals to a wide range of linguists, including phoneticians and phonologists, dialectologists or sociolinguists and individuals interested in English studies or second language acquisition.2005 0-7734-6151-5
This book questions and explores the appropriateness of Western models of environmental impact assessment for Third World application. The book also examines Ghana’s environmental impact assessment procedure and the potential role of indigenous knowledge and institutions in the assessment process, based on the results of a field research in Ghana. Finally, the book offers suggestions that could improve Ghana’s environmental impact assessment procedure and facilitate its adoption in other developing countries. this book will be of interest to environmental assessment professionals and students, international development agencies, NGOs, planners, academicians, and policy makers looking for bottom-up and effective ways of incorporating environmental considerations in development projects in developing countries.2005 0-7734-5990-1
Effective management of natural resources, especially National Parks requires accurate and up-to-date information to guide park managers in making appropriate decision. The core of this book is to provide such information using GIS and remote sensing technologies to guide policy development in managing protected areas in Ghana. Some lessons and constraints are drawn from experiences of both developed and developing countries to understand how GIS and remote sensing technologies could assist with park management in Ghana. It is intended that the book would provide background data and operational research tools for the protected area managers, foresters, researchers, students and all those wishing further to investigate applications of remote sensing for planning nature reserves and natural resources.2003 0-7734-6812-9
In addition to relevant biographical information and a careful contextualization, this study analyzes in depth the conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and ideological issues as they relate to Kwame Nkrumah’s political thought and legacy.2012 0-7734-1606-4
This work examines the plight of street children in Ghana and the insufficiencies of government programs designed to assist them.1999 0-7734-7855-8
With a Foreword by Bishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong
A wealth of proverbs from the Twi-speaking people of Ghana, collected by Rev. J. G. Christaller circa 1879 and translated for the first time into English by Fr. Kofi Ron Lange, S.V.D.1990 0-88946-234-8
A wealth of proverbs from the Twi-speaking people of Ghana, collected by Rev. J. G. Christaller circa 1879 and translated for the first time into English by Fr. Kofi Ron Lange, S.V.D.1997 0-7734-8466-3
Besides enriching culture, folk-tales continue to fascinate both children and adults, providing inherent educational, moral, and ethical values. This volume presents a comprehensive collection of Ghanaian folk-tales which are as original as they are fascinating. The rich characterizations will provide ideas for dramatization as well as reading materials for children.1996 0-7734-2254-4
This study examines, longitudinally, the nature and context of the health delivery system in Ghana from a political and economic perspective. An historical overview contextualizes the interconnections between the national economy, debt crisis, and health. It directly engages the literature of development and places medical practice in that specific context. By calling attention to the important connections between society, culture, environment and economic resources, this book offers strategies for overcoming ill health in Ghana through critical examination of issues of accessiblity, inequality and stratification in the health delivery systems in the developing world.2004 0-7734-6224-4
In recent times, the development enterprise globally has incorporated into its vocabulary notions about “participation,” “empowerment” and “sustainability”. What do these concepts mean in practice? In this book, the author investigates an ambitious development project in the Northern Region of Ghana that talks of such a promise. The author problematizes the notion of development and studies development intervention as an arena of negotiations and struggle. The author makes the case that the institutionalization of these concepts is questionable when development interventions reflect a blindness to the wider socio-economic processes, which contributed to the need for development in the first place. This book will make an important contribution to methods of social research that enables us to best study and understand development interventions.