African Market Women: Seven Life Stories from Ghana

Gracia Clark
Publication Date
Indiana University Press

In these lively life stories, women market traders from Kumasi, Ghana comment on changing social and economic times and on reasons for their prosperity or decline in fortunes. Many work at the intersection of sophisticated networks of transnational commerce and migration. They have dramatic memories of independence and the growth of their new nation, including political rivalries, price controls, and violent raids on the market.

The experiences of these women give substance to their reflections on globalization, capital accumulation, colonialism, technological change, environmental degradation, teenage pregnancy, marriage, children, changing gender roles, and spirituality.