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Title:Market Association Leaders' Strategic Use of Language and Narrative in Market Disputes and Negotiations in Kumasi, Ghana
Author:Clark, Gracia
Year:2002
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:49
Issue:1
Period:Spring
Pages:43-58
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:conflict resolution
Ashanti
market vendors
language usage
Economics and Trade
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
economics
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v049/49.1clark.pdf
Abstract:Contemporary market traders in Kumasi, Ghana, rely on the leaders of their market groups, which unite those who trade in a specific commodity, to settle daily disputes within the market and to negotiate with outside authorities during times of crisis. Skill in handling disputes by using the appropriate rhetorical strategies marks rising elders as potential candidates for future leadership positions. Conventional procedures have evolved to incorporate the indigenous principles of dispute settlement accepted by group members (usually ethnically homogenous, whether Asante or not), along with aspects borrowed from Christian and Islamic practices, national common-law courts, trade unions, and cooperatives. This article looks at the norms invoked and transgressed in several characteristic disputes involving Asante commodity group leaders in Kumasi Central Market. The need to keep trade running smoothly mandates compliance with these institutions despite their lack of explicit legal status. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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