Economic Restructuring, Matriliny and Intrahousehold Resource Allocation : Cases from the Suhum/Kraboa-Coaltar District of Ghana

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dc.contributor.advisor Gerrard, Siri
dc.contributor.author Oware, Percy Otwerefoo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-11T09:49:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-11T09:49:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-20
dc.description.abstract Many debt-ridden sub-Saharan African countries, including Ghana, adopted the International Monetary Fund’s and the World Bank’s neoliberal market-based structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) to fine-tune their economies in the early 1980s. The policy aim was to restructure production capacities in order to improve trade, improve growth and improve debt-servicing capabilities, as well as foster an overall institutional framework characterized by free markets and strong private property rights. Ever since market efficiency has come to underlie the general practice of development. Despite claims of SAPs being mere technical tools for addressing problems endemic to national economies and enabling societal development, they involve sets of universalising cultural assumptions. Their market orientations privilege certain life ways as every economic policy is embedded within locally-situated repertoires and experiences. The agricultural sector policies particularly bring certain cultural precepts to the understanding of crop production and domestic economic behaviour, which are at variance with processes within the households that mostly cultivate cocoa for export and staple food items – such as maize, cassava and plantains – in Ghana. Households link people to the macro structures that dispense valued resources and offer new forms of opportunities, making diverse intra-household processes relevant in effective policy design and implementation. As a result, the present study examined aspects of the contemporary fall-outs of the agricultural sector policies through how Ghanaian matrilineal cocoa farm households frame rights and obligations, organize routine activities, make allocative decisions and share diverse resources among their members.
dc.description.doctoraltype ph.d.
dc.description.popularabstract Many debt-ridden sub-Saharan African countries, including Ghana, adopted the International Monetary Fund’s and the World Bank’s neoliberal market-based structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) to fine-tune their economies in the early 1980s. The policy aim was to restructure production capacities in order to improve trade, improve growth and improve debt-servicing capabilities, as well as foster an overall institutional framework characterized by free markets and strong private property rights. Ever since market efficiency has come to underlie the general practice of development. Despite claims of SAPs being mere technical tools for addressing problems endemic to national economies and enabling societal development, they involve sets of universalising cultural assumptions. Their market orientations privilege certain life ways as every economic policy is embedded within locally-situated repertoires and experiences. The agricultural sector policies particularly bring certain cultural precepts to the understanding of crop production and domestic economic behaviour, which are at variance with processes within the households that mostly cultivate cocoa for export and staple food items – such as maize, cassava and plantains – in Ghana. Households link people to the macro structures that dispense valued resources and offer new forms of opportunities, making diverse intra-household processes relevant in effective policy design and implementation. As a result, the present study examined aspects of the contemporary fall-outs of the agricultural sector policies through how Ghanaian matrilineal cocoa farm households frame rights and obligations, organize routine activities, make allocative decisions and share diverse resources among their members.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10037/3795
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:no-uit_munin_3506
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universitetet i Tromsø
dc.publisher University of Tromsø
dc.subject.courseID DOKTOR-001
dc.subject VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Sosiologi: 220
dc.subject VDP::Social science: 200::Sociology: 220
dc.subject VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Kvinne- og kjønnsstudier: 370
dc.subject VDP::Social science: 200::Women's and gender studies: 370
dc.subject VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Sosialantropologi: 250
dc.subject VDP::Social science: 200::Social anthropology: 250
dc.title Economic Restructuring, Matriliny and Intrahousehold Resource Allocation : Cases from the Suhum/Kraboa-Coaltar District of Ghana
dc.type Doctoral thesis
dc.type Doktorgradsavhandling


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