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Title:Social control in Madina
Author:Quarcoo, A.K.
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Sociology
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:social control
Abstract:The author sketches the origin of Madina, a new settlement near the University of Ghana, abutting on the Accra-Dodowa Road exactly at Mile 10. The settlement in the beginning was populated by mostly non-Ghanaians or northern Ghanaians. The de facto leader of the community, one Seidu of Kardo (Mali) became legal head of the community and chief of Madina. Seidu devised a system of social contraints and/or rewards which would make for regularity and predictability of patterns in human relations within the community. Among these devices are both negative and positive sanctions. Recent incidents seem to suggest that a section of the population want more pushful and enlightened leadership in some matters. Madina is neither entirely urban nor rural, and the mechanisms of social control are a mixture of modern (legal) and traditional (praise, persuasion, gossip, ridicule, and arbitration), Footnotes.