Urban Migration and Rural Identity; An Ethnography of an Akan Community, Obo, Ghana
Dissertation * Abstract
by Phil Bartle
Chapter three lays the
technical and economic foundations of the community: skills,
occupational stages, architecture, communication,
trade history, and the economics of cyclical migration..
Chapter four begins examining social consequences of careers and the life course: socialisation, education, host community voluntary organizations, re-socialisation, ethnicity and identity.
Chapter five examines resultant social and political structures: family residence, matrilineal descent groups, the development of political institutions and the role of gerontocracy in life cycles and migration.
Chapter six describes the cosmological and ideological structures and rituals that sanction and regulate migratory behaviour and social organization: traditional animistic beliefs, ancestor homage (not worship), modern intrusions such as Christianity, notions of health, luck and well being, witch beliefs, regular ceremonies and festivals which bring back migrants, and finally, the most important rite of passage, the funeral, which brings home the largest number of any one corporate descent group at any single time.
That completes the ethnography...The conclusion describes a the overall pattern then reviews hypotheses generated at the beginning of the study to see if they were tested successfully.
Finally, a few observations are made on the utility of the ethnographic approach to the study of migration, and its role in planning and development.
1. Dissertation presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. 1978. Special thanks to my supervisor, Prof. Dzigbodi K. Fiawoo. I am also grateful for the assistance and guidance of Meyer Fortes, John Middleton, Michelle Gilbert, Peter Gutkind, Beverly Houghton, and Patrick Twumasi.
Social Organization, Intro
Akan Case Study, Sociology;
Women I; Food
Women II; Farming
Women III: Cooking; 2
Women IV: Marketing
Men I; Wood
Men II; Weaving
Men III; Hunting
Men IV; Transport
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