Ghana: Social, Economic and Political Issues


Coleen Roscoe (Editor)

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: SOC042000

Like many of its peers in sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana’s journey to democracy has been a tortuous one indeed. To the extent that governance is about the equitable distribution of societal resources, Ghana, like many African societies, has been grappling with the problem of governance since time immemorial. Before the advent of colonial rule, several African societies had established a variety of political systems with corresponding political, economic, and social institutions which dealt with allocation of resources, law-making, and social and political control based, for the most part, on family and kinship relations associated with communalism and consensual decision making. Besides the fact that the inauguration of the colonial project curtailed the natural evolution of the democratic governance engendered by the rule of chiefs during this period in Africa’s history, colonial rule was generally based on both economic exploitation and racial injustice.

It entailed economic exploitation of natural resources and social and political exclusion of indigenous Africans from decision making. This twin evil of the colonial project became the main motivation for the adoption of socialist principles of organization by many African states in the immediate post-independence period. This book discusses several topics on Ghana’s social, economic and political issues. These include Pan-African connections, development and the experiences of the historic Agrican Diaspora; women in Ghana; the use of iron in West Africa; ethnicity and political participation in Ghana; the nuclearization of Ghanaian families; evaluation of the health financing sub-functions; and a study of migrants in Tema. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – From Politics to Tourism: Pan-African Connections, Development and Experiences of the Historic African Diaspora in Ghana (pp. 1-14)
Kwaku Nti (Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA, USA)

Chapter 2 – Socio-Economic Impact of Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana (pp. 15-32)
Gloria Ankomah, Paul Ankomah and Trent Larson (Trent Larson, Public Health at the American Public University, Greensboro, NC, USA)

Chapter 3 – Prevalence and Predictors of Symptoms of Mental Disorders in Ghana (pp. 33-60)
Isaac Addai and Antonio Rodriguez Andrees (Professor of Sociology, Department of English, Humanities and Social Science, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, USA, and others)

Chapter 4 – Women in Movement (pp. 61-82)
Diana Højlund Madsen, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 5 – Bragoro: A Disappearing Puberty Rite of the Akan of Ghana (pp. 83-102)
Perpetual Crentsil (University of Helsinki/Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden)

Chapter 6 – Wear and Tear: On the Use and Value of Iron in West Africa (pp. 103-114)
Len Pole (Independent Curator and Researcher, UK)

Chapter 7 – Young People‘s Motivation for Civic Engagement in Ghana (pp. 115-124)
Jones Adu-Gyamfi (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England)

Chapter 8 – Accidental Injury of Preschool Children in Ghana (pp. 125-128)
Emma Weldon (Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and others)

Chapter 9 – Social Welfare Policy in Ghana: Current Provisions, Reach and Challenges (pp. 129-146)
Ahmed Bawa Kuyini (School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)

Chapter 10 – Regional Assessment of Agricultural Residues for Bioenergy Production in Ghana (pp. 147-174)
Francis Kemausuor, Evans Yakah and Andreas Kamp (Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and others)

Chapter 11 – Transforming Gender Imbalances in Decision Making in Ghana: Voices from Rural Dwellers (pp. 175-194)
Service Opare, Ph.D. (University Canada West, Vancouver, Canada)

Chapter 12 – Examining the Sub-Structures of Ghana‘s Local Government System under the Decentralization Program: Performance and Prospects (pp. 195-214)
Service Opare, Ph.D. (University Canada West, Vancouver, Canada)

Chapter 13 – Ethnicity and Political Participation in Ghana (pp. 215-234)
Acheampong Yaw Amoateng and Tim B. Heaton (School of Research and Post-Graduate Studies, North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 14 – The Nuclearization of Ghanaian Families (pp. 235-252)
Albert Kpoor (University of Ghana, Department of Sociology, Ghana)

Chapter 15 – Migration of Health Professionals from Ghana: Trends, Drivers and Emerging Issues (pp. 253-274)
Joseph Kofi Teye, Mary Boatemaa Setrana and Abigail Agyeiwaa Acheampong (Department of Geography and Resource Development, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Ghana)

Chapter 16 – Achievements and Challenges of the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana (pp. 275-294)
Joseph Kofi Teye, Albert A. Arhin and Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya (Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 17 – The Effect of the 1987 Education Reforms on Youth Unemployment in Ghana: An Exploratory Study (pp. 295-312)
I. K. Biney, I. Appeaning Addo and M. Abu (Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 18 – Livelihoods of Beach Seine Fishers in Ghana, West Africa (pp. 313-336)
F. K. E. Nunoo and B. Asiedu (Department of Marine & Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 19 – Eight Years of National Health Insurance in Ghana: Evaluation of the Health Financing Sub-Functions (pp. 337-356)
E. Nsiah-Boateng and Alain Jousten (Claims Department, National Health Insurance Scheme, Ashiedu Keteke District Office, Accra, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 20 – Rural-Urban Migration in Ghana: A Menace or Blessing? (pp. 357-372)
Mohammed Sulemana, Ibrahim Bin Ngah and M. Rafee Majid (University for Development Studies, Department of Planning and Land Management, Faculty of Planning and Management, Tamale, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 21 – Reciprocity in Social Networks of Migrants: A Study of Migrants in Tema (pp. 373-386)
Benzies Isaac Adu-Okoree and Frank S. Arku (Department of Rural and Community Development, Presbyterian University College, Akuapem Campus, Akropong, Eastern Region, Ghana)

Chapter 22 – Truck Pushers in Ghana: Social Misfits or Urban Transporters? (pp. 387-400)
Eric Adjei Osei and Jones Adu-Gyamfi (Anum Senior High School, Eastern Region, Ghana, and others)


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