Ghana and the Ivory Coast: Perspectives on Modernization

Ghana and the Ivory Coast: Perspectives on Modernization

Ghana and the Ivory Coast: Perspectives on Modernization

Ghana and the Ivory Coast: Perspectives on Modernization

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For many years, social scientists concerned with the transformation of West Africa have talked about the potential usefulness of a paired comparison between the Ivory Coast and Ghana, two neighboring countries, which present an intriguing mix of similarities and differences. The present volume is the result of a preliminary effort to transform this aspiration into a reality.

All but two of the papers included were initially presented at a workshop conference held at the Center for Continuing Education of the University of Chicago on 7 and 8 March 1969 under the joint chairmanship of the coeditors. Dorothy Dee Vellenga and Reginald Green were later invited to submit papers they had presented at a panel on the same subject organized within the framework of the 1967 meetings of the African Studies Association by Immanuel Wallerstein and Aristide R. Zolberg.

The 1969 conference was sponsored by the Committee on African Studies of the University of Chicago, which contributed the necessary funds from its share of the Ford Foundation grant to the Center for International Studies of the University of Chicago. In addition to those who contributed papers included in the present volume, the conference was attended by other distinguished students of modernization in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, who acted as discussants. They included David Apter, St. Clair Drake, and Robert Lystad. Michael Cohen and Deborah LeVeen, graduate students in political science at the University of Chicago, acted as recording secretaries during the two days of lively debate which ensued.

In planning the initial conferences and eventually the present book, an attempt was made to obtain parallel analyses of major spheres of activity in each of the two countries. Although the papers by Kraus and Zolberg on national politics and by Kilson and Stryker on local politics do not formally adhere to a single framework, the authors share a common outlook and revised their initial drafts in the light of the other's contributions.

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