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Rethinking the making and breaking of traditional and statutory institutions in post-Nkrumah Ghana

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Volume59
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)209-230
Number of pages22
ISSN0002-0206
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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