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Assistance and resistance of (hydro-)power: Contested relationships of control over the Volta River, Ghana

Wissing, Kirsty


In this article, I examine human attempts to control water, and water’s inherent potential for disorder, by focusing on the Volta River and Akosombo Dam in Ghana. I suggest that, in regard to the work of Wittfogel, Kwame Nkrumah’s famous vision of Ghanaian nationalism and pan-African sovereignty was a kind of Wittfogelian reading of waterscapes as manipulated to facilitate political power. In the conception and construction of the massive Akosombo Dam in the traditional area of the Akwamu...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
DOI: 10.1177/0263774X18807482


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