From Bullies to Officers and Gentlemen: How Notions of Professionalism and Civility Transformed the Ghana Armed Forces

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Based on unprecedented access to the Ghanaian military barracks and inspired by the recent resurgence of coups in West Africa, Agyekum assesses why and how the Ghana Armed Forces were transformed from an organization that actively orchestrated coups into an institution that accepts the authority of the democratically elected civilian government. Focusing on the process of professionalization of the Ghanaian military, this ethnography based monograph examines both historical and contemporary themes, and assesses the shift in military personnel from 'Buga Buga' soldiers - uneducated, lower-class soldiers, human rights abusers - to a more 'modern' fighting force.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford; New York
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages252
ISBN (Print)9781789202946
ISBN (Electronic)9781789202953
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Ghana, Ghana Armed Forces, Transformation, Coups, Professionalism, Peacekeeping, Civility

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