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NCJ Number: 91335 Find in a Library
Title: Ghana (From International Handbook of Contemporary Developments in Criminology, Volume 2, P 273-288, 1983, Elmer H Johnson, ed. - See NCJ-91322)
Author(s): D N A Nortey
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
P.O. Box 5007
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United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This discussion of the status of criminology in Ghana also considers the current status of the country's development, its social structure, and crime patterns.
Abstract: Since attaining political independence in 1957, Ghana has been involved in building new political, educational, economic, and religious institutions, and the social structure is a mixture of the traditional and modern. Fundamental social, political, and cultural changes have been conducive to social deviance, including the appearance of crime types absent in the traditional and colonial eras, such as white-collar crimes, currency trafficking, smuggling, and armed robbery. There are two categories of criminologists in Ghana: those who practice criminology as a full-time occupation (the few academic criminologists who teach the subject in educational institutions) and those who deal directly with offenders. Criminology as an academic subject was introduced in the undergraduate curriculum in sociology as one of the core subjects in 1952. So far, none of the sociology students who have completed courses in criminology have been employed as criminologists. Very little criminological research has been conducted in Ghana. Eighteen notes and 11 bibliographic entries are provided.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Foreign criminal justice research; Ghana
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