Cocoa And Chaos In Ghana

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Cocoa And Chaos In Ghana

By Gwendolyn Mikell
Paragon House, 1989
284 pp. $29.95
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The author, an African specialist and anthropologist, lays out a richly detailed social history of Ghana from the fifteenth century to the present. More interesting than her thematic focus on the destructive effects of the monocrop cocoa economy is her careful exposition of the interplay between economic and social forces over centuries, and particularly the effects of adverse economic change on women's status in what had been a matrilineal society.

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