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The politics of religious sound : conflict and the negotiation of religious diversity in Ghana

Author: Justice Anquandah Arthur
Publisher: Münster, Germany : LIT Verlag, [2018] ©2018
Dissertation: doctoral Universität, Bayreuth 2017
Series: Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, Bd. 86.
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Additional Physical Format: (GyWOH)har185017235
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justice Anquandah Arthur
ISBN: 3643909829 9783643909824
OCLC Number: 1034613427
Description: xviii, 334 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Dedication --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgements --
Abbreviations --
List of figures, photos --
Glossary of Ga words --
Introduction --
The ban on drumming and noisemaking in accra --
Research questions --
Some reflections on terminologies --
Religion --
Culture --
Indigenous religions --
Charismatic Christianity --
Noise --
Organisation of the chapters --
Situating the conflict --
Methodological and theoretical baselines --
Methodology and methods --
Positionality and reflexivity --
The research area --
Data collection --
Preparation and entry into the field --
Observation, participant observation --
Onlooker or participant or both?: participant observations --
Interviews --
Focus group interviews --
Document analysis --
Data processing and analyses --
Review of relevant literature --
Theoretical framework --
Boundary Making Theory (BMT) --
Protracted Social Conflict (PSC) --
The amalgamated theoretical framework --
Introducing the main actors in conflict: the Ga traditionalists and the charismatic churches in Ghana --
Meeting the Ga --
Brief history of the origin of the Ga --
Socio-political organisation of the Ga --
Ga Traditional Council (GTC) --
The Ga youth --
Ga indigenous religion --
The sources of Kpele religion --
The components of Kpele religion --
The supreme being --
Divine beings --
Ancestors --
Sacred specialists --
... --
The pentecostal-charismatic group --
Meeting the charismatics --
The Lighthouse Chapel International (LCI) --
The International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) --
Fundamental characteristics of the charismatic Churches in Ghana --
Passionate and energising liturgies --
The centrality of experience in charismatic Christianity --
Every member is a potential shepherd: priesthood of all believers? --
Communities of concerned and committed Christians --
Incessant evangelism: conversion at all cost --
Transnational orientation --
Total rupture with the past and awareness of evil --
Widespread use of mass media --
Conclusion --
Drum wars: toward charting an historical trajectory of ban-related clashes 1998-2016 --
The socio-political context of religions in Ghana --
Christianity and traditional cultures in Ghana --
Historical conflicts: some earlier encounters between Christians and traditionalists in Ghana --
The GTC versus the charismatics : a narrative of the clashes --
The first phase: 1998-2001 --
The 1999 clashes --
The 2000 clashes --
The 2001 clashes --
The second phase: 2002-2008 --
The third phase: 2009-2016 --
Conclusion --
The multiple dimensions of the conflict --
'Us' versus 'Them': the 'religious' dimensions of the conflict --
Religious dimensions --
Religious resurgence and conflict --
Sound and sonic practices --
Religious music and performance --
Leading actors : the role of religious specialists in the clashes --
The ... and the clashes --
The charismatic leaders and the conflict --
The neo-Charismatic groups and internal pentecostal politics --
Religion, media and conflict --
Conclusion --
The drum politics: an enduring conflict --
Genesis of the conflict --
Encounters with diversity : Accra as a cosmopolitan city --
Historical background to the composition of Accra --
Land issues, the noise ban and the clashes --
Deprivation of human needs --
The role of the nation-state --
International links --
Process dynamics of the conflict --
Conclusion --
"Is Ghana governed by the law of the jungle?": religious liberties and diversity in contemporary Ghana --
Constitutional and legal contexts --
PNDC law 221: antithesis to religious liberty (Pre-1992) --
The pentecostal-charismatic case: an analysis of the legal positions --
The case of the Ga traditionalists : an analysis of the legal positions --
Between noise pollution and religious liberties: case laws --
Case one --
Case two --
Case three --
Indifferent or measured?: the approaches of state and its institutions toward the conflict --
Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) --
The Ghana police service --
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) --
Conclusion --
Dynamic and creative religious exchanges: the relationship between the mainline historical Churches and the Ga traditional council --
The Roman Catholic Church --
Catholicism in Accra --
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) --
The PCG in Accra --
Accounting for religious cooperation --
Modes of missionary evangelisation : historical precedents and recent events --
Theological factors and religious engineering --
Liturgical worship --
Inter-religious dialogue --
Inculturation --
Creativity for cooperation --
The downsides of the relationship : antithesis to cooperation --
Conclusion --
Understanding the complexities of the conflict : toward some conclusions --
Similarities as a source of conflict --
Sound and aural practices --
Music and performance --
The drum as a sacred instrument --
Contesting for media space : use of modern mass media --
The complexities of the post-Colonial Ghanaian State --
Becoming a minority in your 'Homeland' --
Asserting traditional authority --
Distortion of family unit --
Internal power struggle --
Multifaceted nature of the conflict --
Religious liberties in the context of diversity --
Creative exchanges in religious diversity --
Conclusion --
References --
Appendices --
List of individuals interviewed --
Focus group interviews --
Letter from traditional authorities to churches --
Press statement by the GPCC (1998) --
Joint declaration by religious groups in Ghana --
Report on managing religious conflicts in Accra --
Minutes of a meeting of all major religious bodies --
GPCC petition to the parliament of Ghana.
Series Title: Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, Bd. 86.
Responsibility: Justice Anquandah Arthur

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