SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Making the North – Disease Control and the Construction of Northern Ghana, 1902-1957

David Bannister, PhD candidate History, SOAS

Date: 7 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 7 May 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG01

Type of Event: Seminar

From its incorporation into Britain's Gold Coast colony in 1902 – when it was called the Northern Territories Protectorate - northern Ghana stood in an economically and politically peripheral relationship to the southern Gold Coast and the metropole. Represented in official discourse as a place of statelessness, administrative recalcitrance and magic – and as a migrant labour reserve essential to the Gold Coast economy - the north experienced a distinct pattern of administration and development. It also experienced a distinct pattern of disease prevalence, and resultant issues of public health. As part of a longer study on the political economy of disease and state-run healthcare in northern Ghana over the 20th century, this presentation examines the construction of the region in light of sources on colonial-era disease control. It discusses the effects of its labour-reserve status, the transition to Native Administration, and of international developments far-removed from West Africa, in shaping disease control over the colonial period. Conversely, the paper examines how disease prevalence shaped administrative conceptions of the north

Organiser: Dr Marie Rodet

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