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Managing the Environmental Crisis in Ghana

The Role of African Traditional Religion and Culture with special reference to the Berekum Traditional Area

Author(s): Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye

Book Description

Due to the strong inroads that Western scientism and Western Christianity have made in Africa as a result of colonialism, post-colonial African governments have tended to rely solely on Western scientific conservation epistemologies and models to the neglect of those of the Indigenous African peoples in addressing their environmental problems. However, there is enough evidence that neither modern (scientific) nor indigenous epistemologies and modes of addressing current ecological problems are adequate in accomplishing the task required. Thus, the synergy of the two epistemologies and modes of addressing environmental problems becomes imperative.

This book provides a comprehensive insight into how Indigenous African religion and culture assist people in adopting a friendly attitude towards the environment. It also examines in detail how indigenous/traditional ecological knowledge is generated and transmitted among an indigenous people. This book, thus, provides a valuable guide for policy-makers, environmentalists, land resource managers, ecologists, scholars and students of conservation sciences, and all other stakeholders in environmental management in their attempt to find ways of blending both the Western scientific and Indigenous ways of tackling contemporary environmental problems in a holistic way.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6536-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-6536-2
Date of Publication: 01/11/2014
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £47.99


Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Human Values at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, where he also received his MPhil, BA, and Diploma of Education. Awuah-Nyamekye holds a PhD from the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Awuah-Nyamekye also has a certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling and Care Giving from the University of Ghana. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) Representative for Ghana. His current research interests are focussed on religion and the environment, environmental ethics, religion and development, religion and politics, and women and religion. Awuah-Nyamekye has written and published a book, and has authored over twenty articles in internationally esteemed scholarly journals such as Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology; Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture; Nature and Culture; Religious Studies and Theology; and Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. Awuah-Nyamekye has presented papers at several international institutions, including the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen, Germany (2014); the University of Kansas, USA (2013); the University of Colorado, USA (2012); Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2011 and 2007); Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010); George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, USA (2008); College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA (2008); and Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA (2005).