ARCH 566 /AAS 406D

March 22 -
Contemporary West African Politics

Guest Faculty: Guy Martin

I. Class Outline

We will meet in Minor 108 for the first half of class (Prof. Martin's presentation), then proceed to the Digital Media Lab for a hands-on workshop.

II. Readings

  • E. Gyimah-Boadi, "Ghana: The Challenges of Consolidating Democracy," pp. 409-427 in Richard A. Joseph (ed.), State, Conflict and Democracy in Africa. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1999.

  • OPTIONAL: Janet Berry Hess, "Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana." Africa Today 47.2 (2000) 35-58. [Available on-line through Project Muse --]

  • OPTIONAL RESERVE: Hinderink & Sterkenberg, Anatomy of an African Town: A Socio-Economic Study of Cape Coast, Ghana

III. Bibliography
Two recent good general textbooks on African politics are:
  • Peter J. Schraeder, African Politics & Society: A Mosaic in Transformation. Boston & New York: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2000.
  • Alex Thomson, An Introduction to African Politics. New York, NY: Routledge, 2000.

An excellent general reader (but not easily accessible, though a few back-ordered copies might be available in the UVA Bookstore) is:

  • Okwudiba Nnoli (ed.), Government & Politics in Africa: A Reader. Harare: African Association of Political Science/AAPS Books, 2000.

On West Africa, the following is good on background but unfortunately quite outdated:

  • Donal B. Cruise O'Brien, John Dunn & Richard Rathbone (eds.), Contemporary West African States. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

On Ghana, the following may be consulted:

  • Naomi Chazan, An Anatomy of Ghania Politics. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1983.
  • Emmanuel Hansen, Ghana Under Rawlings: The Early Years. Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1991.
  • Emmanuel Hansen & Kwame Ninsin (eds.), The State, Development and Politics in Ghana. Dakar: Codesria Books, 1989.
  • Harold B. Martinson, Politics in Ghana: From Nkrumah to Rawlings. Accra: Norcento Press, 2000.
  • Kwame Ninsin (ed.), Ghana: Transition to Democracy. Accra: Freedom Publications, 1998.
  • Naomi Chazan, "Liberalization, Governance & Political Space in Ghana," pp. 121-141 in Goran Hyden & Michael Bratton (eds.), Governance & Politics in Africa. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1992.
  • E. Gyimah-Boadi, "Associational Life, Civil Society and Democratization in Ghana," pp. 125-148 in John W. Harbeson, D. Rothchild & N. Chazan (eds.), Civil Society and State in Africa. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1994.