Kwame Nkrumah: A Case Study of Religion and Politics in Ghana

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University Press of America, 1999 - History - 235 pages
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This book examines how Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first post-colonial political leader legitimized his rule. It argues that Nkrumah found in religion a way to weld ethnicnically diverse groups with primordial attachments together. Through his employment he was able to spearhead the building of a nation he named Ghana. Social, anthropological, as well as political theories from Max Weber, Clifford Geertz, Kofi Busia, Ali Mazrui, David Apter, and others are utilized to examine the Nkrumah phenomenon. Specifically, the book contributes to the extensive literature on Nkrumah by supplying an often neglected link: The role of religion in Nkrumah's life, thought and career. By so doing it emphasizes the role of religious ideas and religious action in Ghanaian politics.
 

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This is a deep dive written work on the life and motives of Kwame Nkrumah

Contents

The Kwame Nkrumah Phenomenon
1
Methodology
6
Limitations
10
Structure
11
Theoretical and Conceptual Overview of Religion and Politics in Ghana
15
Religion and Politics
16
Religion as a Ghanaian Cultural Subsystem
18
Context and Concepts
19
Charismatic Nkrumah
111
Honorifics and Ascriptive Titles
113
The Christian Church and Nkrumahs Leadership
123
An Historical Portrait
124
Missionary Aims and SocioPolitical Life in the Gold Coast
127
The Church Under Colonial Governments
129
Background to Tension Points
134
The Political Kingdom Versus the Kingdom of God
135

Legitimate Authority
22
Nationalism and Ideology
24
Religion and Politics in Ghana An Historical Overview
33
Religion and Political Change in Ghanaian Tradition
35
Chiefly Authority and Nkrumah s Leadership
39
Christianity Islam and Ghanaian Politics
40
Political History and Ethnicity in Ghana
41
Ethnic Origins
42
Religion and Ethnicity
44
Kwame Nkrumahs Rise to Power
49
Early Years
50
American Years
56
The Divine Connection
58
Life Within and Beyond Lincoln
60
Kwame Nkrumah On Religion
65
Homecoming
70
Kwame Nkrumahs Rise to National Leadership
79
The Nationalist Era
80
Gold Coast Nationalism
81
The Birth of the Convention Peoples Party C P P
88
Religion Cultural Engineering and Charismatic Nkrumah
99
Biblical and God Language
101
Cultural Engineering and Strategic Wisdom
104
Preventive Detention Act of 1958
139
Ghana Young Pioneers
142
Young Pioneer Code and Pledge
143
The Political Kingdom and Its Ideologies Nkrumaism and Consciencism
153
From Nkrumaism to Consciencism
154
Evolution of Nkrumaism
156
Consciencism
162
Religion in Consciencism
164
Debate in Church and Society
168
The Kwame Nkrumah Phenomenon in Ghanaian Politics A ReEvaluation
179
Nkrumah Religion and Resymbolization
182
Nkrumahs Charisma and Future Possibilities
186
Reevaluation
189
Towards a New Understanding of Church and State Relations in Ghana
190
Conclusion The Past as a Prologue
197
Towards a New Political Structure
201
Future Possibilities
203
Epilogue
205
The Banning of Ephraim Amu
209
Appendix B
215
Bibliography
217
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Ebenezer Obiri Addo is Adjunct Assistant Professor of African Studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Stated Supply Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Irvington, New Jersey.

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