Ghana Studies JOURNAL

The Journal of the Ghana Studies Association is peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal of scholarly work on Ghana, the country and its people. Appears annually.

Editors:  Carina Ray (Brandeis University) and Kofi Baku (University of Ghana)

Published by UW Press.


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Table of Contents, Volume 1 (1998)
Table of Contents, Volume 2 (1999)
Table of Contents, Volume 3 (2000): Special Issue on the Yaa Asantewaa War
Table of Contents, Volume 4 (2001)
Table of Contents, Volume 5 (2002)
Table of Contents, Volume 6 (2003)
Table of Contents, Volume 7 (2004)
Table of Contents, Volume 8 (2005)
Table of Contents, Volume 9 (2006)
Table of Contents, Volume 10 (2007)
Table of Contents, Volume 11 (2008)
Table of Contents, Volume 12-13 (2009-2010): Special Double Issue
Table of Contents, Volume 14 (2011)

Table of Contents, Volume 17 (2014) [PDF]

Table of Contents, Volume 18 (2015) [PDF]


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Table of Contents, Volume 1 (1998):
Edmund ABAKA, “‘Eating Kola’: The Pharmacological and Therapeutic Significance of Kola Nuts,” pp. 1-10.

Kwabena AKURANG-PARRY, “Slavery and Abolition in the Gold Coast: Colonial Modes of Emancipation and African Initiatives,” pp. 11-34.

Robert Kwame AMEH, “Trokosi (Child Slavery) in Ghana: A Policy Approach,” pp. 35-62.

Kwadwo KONADU-AGYEMANG, “Housing Conditions and Spatial Organization in Accra, 1950s-1990s,” pp. 63-90.”

T. C. MCCASKIE, “Akwankwaa: Owusu Sekyere Agyeman in His Life and Times,” pp. 91-122.

Richard RATHBONE, “Transferring Power in Ghana: Some Thoughts on What the Archives Might Be Telling Us,” pp. 123-33.

Victoria C. TASHJIAN, “The Diaries of A. C. Duncan-Johnstone: A Preliminary Analysis of British Involvement in the ‘Native Courts’ of Colonial Asante,” pp. 135-50.

Ivor G. WILKS, “‘Unity and Progress’: Asante Politics Revisited,” pp. 151-79.

Table of Contents, Volume 2 (1999):

Larry W. YARAK, “Editor’s Introduction,” pp. 1-3.

Special Section: Contemporary Ghanaian Migration. Guest Editor Takyiwaa Manuh.

Takyiwaa MANUH, “Introduction: Contemporary Ghanaian Migration,” pp. 5-11.

Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang, “Travel Patterns and Coping Strategies of Ghanaian Migrants in Toronto,” pp. 13-34.

Baffour TAKYI, “The African Diaspora: A Socio-Demographic Portrait of the Ghanaian Migrant Community in the United States of America,” pp. 35-56.

Stephan F. MIESCHER and Leslie ASHBAUGH, “Been-To Visions: Transnational Linkages Among a Ghanaian Dispersed Community in the Twentieth Century,” pp. 57-76.

Takyiwaa MANUH, “‘This Place is Not Ghana’: Gender and Rights Discourse Among Ghanaian Men and Women in Toronto,” pp. 77-95.

Other Articles:

Trevor, GETZ, “A ‘Somewhat Firm Policy’: The Role of the Gold Coast Judiciary in Implementing Slave Emancipation, 1874-1900,” pp. 97-117.

Carola LENTZ, “Colonial Ethnography and Political Reform: The Works of A. C. Duncan-Johnstone, R. S. Rattray, J. Eyre-Smith, and J. Guiness on Northern Ghana,” pp. 119-169.

T. C. MCCASKIE, “The Last Will and Testament of Kofi Sraha: A Note on Accumulation and Inheritance in Colonial Asante,” pp. 171-181.


Table of Contents, Volume 3 (2000):
Special Issue in Commemoration of the Yaa Asantewaa War of 1900. Guest Editor: Emmanuel Akyeampong.

Larry W. YARAK, “Editor’s Introduction,” p. 1.

Emmanuel AKYEAMPONG, “Asante at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” pp. 3-12.

Ivor WILKS, “Asante at the End of the Nineteenth Century: Setting the Record Straight,” pp. 13-59.

T. C. MCCASKIE, “The Golden Stool at the End of the Nineteenth Century: Setting the Record Straight,” pp. 61-96.

Nana ARHIN BREMPONG, “The Role of Nana Yaa Asantewaa in the 1900 Asante War of Resistance,” pp. 97-110.

Adu BOAHEN, “Yaa Asantewaa in the Yaa Asantewaa War of 1900: Military Leader or Symbolic Head?” pp. 111-135.

Pashington OBENG, “Yaa Asantewaa’s War of Independence: Honoring and Ratifying an Historic Pledge,” pp. 137-152.

Lynda DAY, “Long Live the Queen!: The Yaa Asantewaa Centenary and the Politics of History,” pp. 153-166.


Table of Contents, Volume 4 (2001):
Larry W. YARAK, “Editor’s Introduction” pp. 1-2.

Special Section: Moral Discourses and Public Spaces in the Fourth Republic. Guest Editors: Birgit Meyer and Paul Nugent.

Birgit MEYER and Paul NUGENT, “Moral Discourses and Public Spaces in the Fourth Republic,” pp. 3-5.

Akosua K. DARKWAH, “Aid or Hindrance? Faith Gospel Theology and Ghana’s Incorporation into the Global Economy,” pp. 7-29.

Rijk VAN DIJK, “Contesting Silence: The Ban on Drumming and the Musical Politics of Pentecostalism in Ghana,” pp. 31-64.

Birgit MEYER, “Money, Power and Morality: Popular Ghanaian Cinema in the Fourth Republic,” pp. 65-84.

Paul NUGENT, “The Things That Money Can Buy: Chieftaincy, the Media and the 1996 Elections in Hohoe-North Constituency,” pp. 85-106.

Other articles:

Joseph K. Adjaye, “The Performativity of Akan Libations: An Ethnopoetic Construction of Reality,” pp. 107-38.

Stefano BONI, “A Precolonial, Political History of the Sefwi Wiawso Oman,” pp. 139-68.

Kwamena KWANSAH-AIDOO, “Interpersonal Networks and the Dissemination of the Mass Media’s Environmental Agenda in Ghana,” pp. 169-97.


Table of Contents, Volume 5 (2002):
Larry W. YARAK, “Editor’s Introduction” pp. 1-2.Special Section: Teaching and Learning in Ghana. Guest Editor: Akosua Adomako Ampofo.Akosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO, “Introduction: Teaching and Learning in Ghana—Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” pp. 3-20.Francis AGBODEKA, “Education in Ghana: Yesterday and Today,” pp. 21-42.Kwasi ANSU-KYEREMEH, “Mass Education and Communication in Ghana: A Globalization Perspective,” pp. 43-59.David OWUSU-ANSAH, “History of Islamic Education in Ghana: An Overview,” pp. 61-81.Mansah PRAH, “Gender Issues in Ghanaian Tertiary Institutions: Women Academics and Administrators at Cape Coast University,” pp. 83-122.Akosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO, “Does Women’s Education Matter in Childbearing Decision Making? A Case Study from Urban Ghana,” pp. 123-157.Other Articles:Arhin BREMPONG and Mariano PAVANELLO, “The Bureaucratization of Traditional Authority under Colonial Rule: The Asante Stool Treasuries, 1927-1944,” pp. 159-175.Gérard CHOUIN, “Sacred Groves as Historical and Archaeological Markers in Southern Ghana,” pp. 177-196.David DORWARD, “‘Nigger Driver Brothers’: Australian Colonial Racism in the Early Gold Coast Mining Industry,” pp. 197-214.Ivor WILKS, “‘Mallams Do Not Fight With the Heathen’: A Note on Suwarian Attitudes to Jihad,” pp. 215-230.Sjaak VAN DER GEEST, “The Performativity of Akan Libations: A Comment,” pp. 231-232.

Table of Contents, Volume 6 (2003):
Takyiwaa MANUH and Lynne BRYDON, “Editorial,” pp. 1-3.Holger WEISS, “Crop Failures, Food Shortages and Colonial Famine Relief Policies in the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast,” pp. 5-58.Akosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO, “The Sex Trade, Globalization and Issues of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa,” pp. 59-90.Takyiwaa MANUH, “Ghanaian Migrants in Toronto, Canada: Care of Kin and Gender Relations,” pp. 91-107.Susan BENSON, “Connecting with the Past, Building the Future: African Americans and Chieftaincy in Southern Ghana,” pp. 109-133.Jennifer HASTY, “‘Forget the Past or Go Back to the Slave Trade’: Trans-Africanism and Popular History in Postcolonial Ghana,” pp. 135-161.Trevor GETZ, “Re-evaluating the ‘Colonization’ of Akyem Abuakwa: Amoako Atta, the Basel Mission, and the Gold Coast Courts, 1867-1887,” pp. 163-180.


Table of Contents, Volume 7 (2004):
Takyiwaa MANUH & Lynne BRYDON, “Editors’ Note,” p. 1.

Ray SILVERMAN, “Guest Editor’s Introduction,” pp. 2-9.

Wyatt MACGAFFEY, “Earth Shrines and the Politics of Memory in Dagbon,” pp. 11-24.

Emmanuel AKYEAMPONG, “Memories of Place and Belonging: Identity, Citizenship, and the Lebanese in Ghana,” pp. 25-42.

Anne HUGON, “Korle Bu and the Midwives Hostel as a Site of memory for Ghanaian Pupil Midwives, 1930s-1950s,” pp. 43-58.

Brempong OSEI-TUTU, “‘Slave Castles’ and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Ghanaian and African American Perspectives,” pp. 59-78.

Christine Mullen KREAMER, “The Politics of Memory: Ghana’s Cape Coast Castle Exhibition ‘Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade’,” pp. 79-91.

Sue BENSON & T.C. MCCASKIE, “Asen Praso in History and Memory,” pp. 93-113.

Osei-Mensah ABORAMPAH, “Encyclopedia of the Dead: Transgenerational Memories and Cultural Transmission Among the Akan of Ghana,” pp.115-135.

Mansah PRAH, “‘In Blessed Memory’: (Re)presentations of the Lives of the Departed in Ghanaian Funeral Programs,” pp. 137-48.

Table of Contents, Volume 8 (2005):
Takyiwaa MANUH & Lynne BRYDON, “Editors’ Note,” p. 1.

Leo BARRINGTON, “Education, Literacy, Training, and Propaganda in a Ghanaian Border Town,” pp. 3-38.

J. BOACHIE-ANSAH, “Excavations at Techiman, Brong-Ahafo,” pp. 39-102.

Richard GLOTZER and Lila ENGBERG, “Teacher Trainees in Ghana in the early 1960s: Women and the Teaching of Home Science,” pp. 103-126.

Emmanuel LARYEA and Kwamena KWANSAH-AIDOO, “Going, Going, Gone! Implications of the Repeal of Criminal Libel and Sedition Laws in Ghana,” pp. 127-168.

Brigid M. SACKEY, “Charismatism, Women, and Testimonies: Religion and Popular Culture in Ghana,” pp. 169-196.

Table of Contents, Volume 9 (2006):
Lynne BRYDON & Takyiwaa MANUH, “Editors’ Note,” p. 1-3.Larry W. YARAK, “The Dutch Gold-Mining Effort in Ahanta, 1841-9,” pp. 5-23.Sara BERRY, “‘Natives’ and ‘Strangers’ on the Outskirts of Kumasi,” pp. 25-59.Isidore LOBNIBE, “Legitimating a Contested Boundary: Northern Ghanaian Immigrants and the Historicity of Land Conflict in Ahyiayem, Brong Ahafo,” pp. 61-90.Karen LAUTERBACH, “Wealth and Worth: Pastorship and Neo-Pentecostalism in Kumasi,” pp. 91-121.Akosua K. DARKWAH & Alexina ARTHUR, “(A)sexualizing Ghanaian Youth?: A Case Study of Virgin Clubs in Accra and Kumasi,” pp. 123-49.Agnes Atia APUSIGAH, “Transcending Gendered Economics: Grassroots Women’s Agency in the Informal Sector of the Ghanaian Economy,” pp. 151-76.Holger WEISS, “The Making of an African Bolshevik: Bankole Awooner Renner in Moscow, 1925-1928,” pp. 177-220.Notes on Contributors, p. 221.TOP OF PAGE

Table of Contents, Volume 10 (2007):
Lynne BRYDON & Takyiwaa MANUH, “Editors’ Note,” p. 1-8.John COLLINS, “Popular Performance and Culture in Ghana: The Past 50 Years,” 9-64.Sjaak VAN DER GEEST, “Fifty Years in Kwahu-Tafo: Memories and Reflections of an Anthropologist,” 65-88.Audrey GADZEKPO, “Fifty Years of the Media’s Struggle for Democracy in Ghana: Legacies and Encumbrances,” 89-106.Emmanuel GYIMAH-BOADI, “Politics in Ghana Since 1957: The Quest for Freedom, National Unity, and Prosperity,” 107-144.T. C. MCCASKIE, “Asante History: A Personal History of Forty Years,” 145-162.Dzodzi TSIKATA, “Women in Ghana at 50: Still Struggling to Achieve Full Citizenship?” 163-206.Notes on Contributors, p. 207.TOP OF PAGE

Table of Contents, Volume 11 (2008):
Akosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO and Stephan F. MIESCHER, “Editors’ Note,” pp. 1-5.Giancarlo PICHILLO, “The Historical and Political Legacies of the Transformations of the (Dutch) Sekondi Socio-Economic Landscape during the Early Twentieth Century,” pp. 7-45.Carola LENTZ, “Hard Work, Determination, and Luck: Biographical Narratives of a Northern Ghanaian Elite,” pp. 47-76.Michael Perry Kweku OKYEREFO, “Ausländer!: Pentecostalism as Social Capital Network for Ghanaians in Vienna,” pp. 77-103.Alexander K. D. FREMPONG, “Reflections on By-Elections in the Fourth Republic of Ghana,” pp. 105-137.Nana Akua ANYIDOHO and Kofi Takyi ASANTE, “Truly National? Social Exclusion and the Ghana@50 Celebrations,” pp. 139-173.Kwame Amoah LABI, “The “Commercial” and “Museum” Life of Some Akan Brass Works,” pp. 175-216.Bianca MURILLO, “Review Essay: Situating Histories of Consumption and Consumers in Ghana,” pp. 217-230.Notes on Contributors, p. 231.TOP OF PAGE

Table of Contents, Volume 12-13 (2009-2010):
Special Issue: Revisiting Modernization. Guest Editors: Peter J. Bloom, Takyiwaa Manuh, and Stephan F. MiescherAkosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO and Stephan F. MIESCHER, “Editors’ Note,” p. 1.Peter J. BLOOM, Takyiwaa MANUH, and Stephan F. MIESCHER, “Introduction: Revisiting Modernization in Ghana,” pp. 3-14.ArticlesStephan F. MIESCHER and Dzodzi TSIKATA, “Hydro-Power and the Promise of Modernity and Development in Ghana: Comparing the Akosombo and Bui Dam Projects,” pp. 15-53.John H. HANSON, “Modernity, Religion and Development in Ghana: The Example of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,” pp. 55-75.Anne HUGON, “Maternity and Modernity in the Gold Coast, 1920s-1950s,” pp. 77-95.Gracia CLARK, “Consulting Elderly Kumasi Market Women about Modernization,” pp. 97-119.Peter J. BLOOM and Kate SKINNER, “Modernity and Danger: The Boy Kumasenu and the Work of the Gold Coast Film Unit,” pp. 121-153.Kevin D. DUMOUCHELLE, “Traditions of Modernity: Currents in Architectural Expression in Kumasi,” pp. 155-188.David Afriyie DONKOR, “Gyamfi’s Golden Soap: Commodity Marketing, Reform Legitimation, and the Performance of Cultural Authenticity in Ghana’s Popular Theatre,” pp. 189-216.Esi SUTHERLAND-ADDY, “The Funeral as a Site for Choreographing Modern Identities in Contemporary Ghana,” pp. 217-248.Creative Works and Conference ActivitiesSheron WRAY, “Misnomer: Reflections on a Dance Performance,” pp. 249-262.Bernard AKOI-JACKSON and R. Lane CLARK, ““Still 2 Trouble(s) One God”: Art Exhibition at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon,” pp. 263-271.Yaba BADOE, “The Revisiting Modernization Short Story Competition,” pp. 273-275.Tsiate TOTIMEH, “Time Bomb,” pp. 277-283.Victoria Amma Agyeiwaah MOFFATT, “There are Always Two Sides to Every Story,” pp. 285-292.Benjamin KENT, “Dim Dim, Tim Tim,” pp. 293-298.Participants in the Revisiting Modernization Conference, University of Ghana, July 2009, pp. 299-301.Notes on Contributors, pp. 303-304.TOP OF PAGE

Table of Contents, Volume 14 (2011):
Akosua ADOMAKO AMPOFO and Stephan F. MIESCHER, “Editors’ Note,” pp. 1-9.HistoryMariano PAVANELLO, “Reconsidering Ivor Wilks’s ‘Big Bang’ Theory of Akan History,” pp. 11-52.Politics and NationahoodWyatt MACGAFFEY, “Tamale: Election 2008, Violence, and “Unemployment,” pp. 53-80.Richard ASANTE, “Ethnicity, Religion, and Conflict in Ghana: The Roots of Ga Nativism,” pp. 81-131.Children, Women, and WorkErnestina Korleki DANKYI, “Growing Up in a Transnational Household: A Study of Children of International Migrants in Accra, Ghana,” pp. 133-161.Peace Mamle TETTEH, “Child Domestic Labor in Accra: Opportunity and Empowerment or Perpetuation of Gender Inequality?” pp. 163-189.Josephine BEOKU-BETTS, “Neo-Liberal Economic Restructuring of Public Universities in Ghana: Effects and Challenges for Academic Women Scientists,” pp. 191-221Same-Sex IntimaciesSerena Owusua DANKWA, “‘The One Who First Says I Love You’: Same-Sex Love and Female Masculinity in Postcolonial Ghana,” pp. 223-264.William BANKS, “‘This Thing is Sweet’: Nteteε and the Reconfiguration of Sexual Subjectivity in Post-Colonial Ghana,” pp. 265-290.Notes on Contributors, p. 291.TOP OF PAGE

Table of Contents, Volume 18 (2015)


Fort Prindzenstein: A Monument in the Identity of Keta-Someawo — Philip Atsu Afeadie

“I Am a Good Mother”: Becoming an Adolescent Mother in Ghana –Akosua Dzifa Eghan

“I Am Austro-Ghanaian”: Citizenship and Belonging of Ghanaians
 in Austria  –Michael Perry Kweku Okyerefo

Who Is the “Community” in Community Radio?: A Case Study
of Radio Progress in the Upper West Region, Ghana–Africanus L. Diedong and Lawrence Naaikuur

“Fetishism” in the Gold Coast: Wadé Harris and the Anti-Witchcraft Movements — Alessandra Brivio

Our Resource, Others’ Wealth: e Origins of Legalized
Discrimination against Local Goldsmiths in Ghana — Ishaq Akmey Alhassan

Hidden Violence of Postcolonial Africa: A Communicative
Ecology View of Ghana’s Upper East Region — Marcus D. Watson and Gilbert Ambaba


Notes and Documents

The Enduring Puzzle of Patriliny in Asante History:
A Note and a Document on Ntɔrɔ — Tom McCaskie


Reflections in Honor of Ivor Wilks

The Historic Legacy of Ivor Wilks  — Jean Allman

“O to Northern Ghana in the Morning”: Rami cations of a Trip — David Owusu-Ansah

In Memory of Professor Ivor Wilks — Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Ivor Wilks: The British Africanist — Ivor Agyeman-Duah

Ivor Wilks (1928–2014) — Tom McCaskie

The Northern Factor in Ghana History — Benjamin Talton

Book Review