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The Cultural Foundations of Economic Development : Urban Female Entrepreneurship in Ghana - Emily Chamlee-Wright

The Cultural Foundations of Economic Development

Urban Female Entrepreneurship in Ghana

Hardcover Published: 9th October 1997
ISBN: 9780415169943
Number Of Pages: 216

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One of the principal reasons why international aid programmes have often been unsuccessful is that imported solutions are not based upon the indigenous institutions in African countries. In IThe Cultural Foundations of Economic Theory, Emily Chamlee-Wright argues that connections between these institutions and the cultural context which produces and sustains them has been misunderstood by mainstream economic theory which is fundamentally acultural. Instead Chalmlee-Wright argues, the economics of the Austrian School provide a far stronger theoretical framework which can introduce cultural analysis into questions of economic development and other market processes. The author draws on extensive ethnographic field research as well as a challenging and original critique of mainstream neoclassical analysis in a detailed case study of women in Ghana.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Ghanaian Contextp. 3
Ghanaian political economy: a backgroundp. 4
Present economic structurep. 9
The urban market contextp. 13
Chapter summariesp. 18
Markets as an Extension of Culturep. 21
Economic theory and economic anthropologyp. 28
Beyond acultural economics: new institutional economicsp. 37
Beyond acultural economics: the Austrian school of economicsp. 43
Building upon two interpretive traditionsp. 50
Conclusionp. 52
Economic and Cultural Knowledge: Ghanaian Economic Performance Through an Austrian Lensp. 54
The dispersed nature of knowledge in the extended orderp. 55
The failure of development planningp. 61
The politics of economic declinep. 80
State promotion of indigenous entrepreneurshipp. 87
Conclusionp. 99
The Cultural Foundations of Indigenous Entrepreneurshipp. 100
Indigenous West African institutionsp. 104
The origins of a West African capitalist ethicp. 113
Female entrepreneurshipp. 121
Conclusionp. 131
Indigenous Credit, Mutual Assistance Societies, and Economic Development: Prospects and Impedimentsp. 133
Indigenous credit and mutual assistance societiesp. 135
Impediments to indigenous institutionsp. 147
Policy conclusionsp. 154
Towards an Interpretive Economics: Three Profiles of Urban Market Womenp. 156
Abibap. 160
Annap. 167
Maryp. 172
Conclusionp. 176
Conclusion: Culture and Economic Development Within the Subjectivist Frameworkp. 177
Notesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 198
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ISBN: 9780415169943
ISBN-10: 0415169941
Series: Foundations of the Market Economy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 9th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1