Constructing a Heterotopic Christian Social Practice and Welfare In Post-Independent Ghana
Ghana, like other African countries, is saddled with socio-economic and political challenges. The challenges basically include poverty, inequality, and political mismanagement of the country’s resources. The situation has attracted lots of both internal and external aids. Such aids are geared towards addressing basic welfare needs of the poor, the needy, and the marginalized. Common and notable of such welfare providers are those coming from the faith-based organizations like churches and the Christian non-governmental organizations. Most of these organizations are engaged in welfare activities that seek to restore lost human dignity, well-being and equality in the society. To do this, there are several sites or spaces built by these organizations to serve as homes and training facilities for homeless children and the marginalized. The research seeks to respond to the question: To what extent can Christian social practice create authentic space (s) or heterotopias for the restoration of human dignity, well-being, and equality for the “otherness” or the marginalized in societies in Ghana and Africa at large. The study is an interdisciplinary one, and so, I intend to use ethnographic method in the collection of data, and then spatial theory in my analysis. I intend to produce a well-researched work on Christian Social Practice and Welfare in the contemporary Ghana.
Professor Trygve Wyller, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo.