The Changing Economy of the Lower Volta 1954-67: A Study in the Dynanics of Rural Economic Growth, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Changing Economy of the Lower Volta 1954-67

A Study in the Dynanics of Rural Economic Growth, 1st Edition

By Rowena M. Lawson


140 pages

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Originally published in 1972 this study analyses the process of economic growth and social change in the riparian communities of the Lower Volta River in Ghana, which came about in large part due to the construction of the Volta dam in 1963. With its completion many of the riparian communities were denied the ecconomic advatages of natural irrigation and water flow for inland fisheries, although they did benefit through the emergence of a valuable lake fishery. The study cound that the socio-economic preconditions for a rise in the standard of living had been building up over some time and many social, economic and political forms of change had been introduced to change the previous static equlibrium. Such influences began to erode the hitherto unquestioned acceptance of traditional institutions and the stability and security they offered.

Table of Contents

Part 1 1. Introduction

2. Methodology

Part 2: The Empirical Study 1. General Features of the Economy

2. Agriculture 3. Volta Fisheries

4. The Clam Industry

5. Cattle

6. Changes in Trading Activities in the Lower Volta, 1954-64

7. Changes in Income and Wealth, 1954-64

Part 3: Economic Processes of Change

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies