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Overview

The decades of independence in Ghana have strengthened the idea of a national Ghanaian culture. The culture and customs of Ghana today are a product of diversity in traditional forms, influenced by a long history of Islamic and European contact. Culture and Customs of Ghana is the first book to concisely provide an up-to-date narrative on the most significant elements of the established cultural life and institutions as well as the most recent changes in the cultural landscape. Written expressly for students and the general reader, it belongs in every library supporting multicultural and African studies curricula.

Ghana seeks to cultivate the philosophy of the African personality, to revive, maintain, and promote Ghanaian ways of life and integrate them into political and social institutions. Ghanaians also recognize their relationship to the rest of the world and continue to develop with the forces of globalization. Culture and Customs of Ghana authoritatively discusses the vibrant and adaptable people, from their religions to music and dance. A chronology, glossary, and numerous photos complement the text.

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Ghana's culture and customs have been influenced by a long history of Islamic and European contact. This book provides a narrative on cultural life and institutions in Ghana and looks at recent changes in the cultural landscape, for students and general readers. Chapters describe religion and worldview, literature and media, art and architecture, cuisine and traditional dress, gender roles and family, social customs and lifestyle, and music and dance. A chronology, glossary, and b&w photos are included. The authors teach history at the University of Texas-Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313320507
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2002
  • Series: Culture and Customs of Africa Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 641,796
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN J. SALM is a William S. Livingston Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin.

TOYIN FALOLA is the Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of The History of Nigeria (Greenwood, 1999) and Culture and Customs of Nigeria (Greenwood, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
1 Introduction 1
2 Religion and Worldview 33
3 Literature and Media 59
4 Art and Architecture/Housing 83
5 Cuisine and Traditional Dress 105
6 Gender Roles, Marriage, and Family 125
7 Social Customs and Lifestyle 147
8 Music and Dance 167
Glossary 193
Bibliographic Essay 199
Index 213
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