Chieftaincy in Ghana

Chieftaincy in Ghana

by A. Kodzo Paaku Kludze


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Chieftaincy in Ghana by A. Kodzo Paaku Kludze

Chieftaincy in Ghana is an extensive account of the many roles of chiefs in modern society. A. Kodzo Paaku Kludze provides detailed accounts and analyses of the law practices, rituals, and customs of chieftaincy. Kludze begins his study with a historical account bringing his analyses to the present, and speculates on the future of chieftaincy in its formal and informal roles in the changing social milieu. The author's close personal background and association with chieftaincy allows him to shed light on the mysterious practices and supernatural connections. Kludze offers an authoritative and comprehensive study of chieftaincy in the context of the modern social, political, and legal institutions of Ghana.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572921214
Publisher: Austin & Winfield Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2000
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.43(d)

About the Author

A. Kodzo Paaku Kludze is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Table of Contentsvii
Table of Casesxv
Table of Statutesxix
Chapter 1Historical and Cultural Determinants1
Chapter 2Chieftaincy and the Ewe Political Organisation33
Chapter 3The Stool99
Chapter 4The Stool Regalia117
Chapter 5The Traditional Oath137
Chapter 6The Installation of a Chief155
Chapter 7The Ritual Enstoolment and Swearing of Traditional Oath203
Chapter 8The Role of the Chief in Traditional Society223
Chapter 9Abdication255
Chapter 10The Destoolment or Deposition of a Chief265
Chapter 11Destoolment Charges307
Chapter 12The Formal Proclamation of the Demise of a Chief337
Chapter 13The Secret Burial Rites for a Chief371
Chapter 14Legal Recognition of Chiefs399
Chapter 15Jurisdiction of the Courts in Chieftaincy Matters431
Chapter 16Controversial Supreme Court Decision Rejects Chieftaincy Jurisdiction of High Court469
Chapter 17The Future of Chieftaincy in Modern Ghana529
Appendix I573
Appendix II577

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