Religion and law in contemporary Ghana

by Seth Tweneboah

Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Year: 2017
Keywords: Ghana; Religion and law; Legal pluralism; Human rights; Tensions; Witchcraft; Same-sex
Posted: 02/01/2018
Record ID: 2155046
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10063/6241


Employing a legal pluralist framework, this thesis examines the complex interrelationships between religion and law in contemporary Ghana, a professedly secular state characterised by high levels of religiousity. It aims to explore legal, cultural and moral tensions created by overlapping loci of authority (state actors, traditional leaders and religious functionaries). It contends that religion can function as an impediment to Ghanas secularity and also serve as an integral tool for realising the states legal ideals and meeting international human rights standards. Using three case studies legal tensions, child witchcraft accusations and same-sex partnerships the thesis illustrates the ways that the entangled and complicated relationships between religion and law compound Ghanas secular orientation. It suggests that legal pluralism is not a mere analytical framework for describing tensions, but ought to be seen as part of the solution. The thesis contributes to advancing knowledge in the area of the interrelationships between religion and law in contemporary Ghanaian public domain.Advisors/Committee Members: Morris, Paul, Troughton, Geoffery.