‘World Trade Center’, Accra: Production of urban space for the continued peripheral linkage of Ghana under globalization

Authors: Ian Yeboah*, Miami University
Topics: Urban Geography, Development, Africa
Keywords: production of space, globalization, modernization, peripheral linkage, frontier, speculative urbanism
Session Type: Paper
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West Ridge in Accra, Ghana was produced as a residential enclave for colonial administrators and subsequently became part of the residential base for senior administrator after independence. Under globalization’s regime of accumulation, the locality has been produced to serve as the financial service center of the country and it now has the accolade of World Trade Center, after one of the complexes in the locality. This paper maps the transformation of West Ridge based on a ground truthing of its current land use. Our interpretation is the transformation of West Ridge is not only a part of the modernization trend occurring in the Accra-Tema City-Region as the frontier and speculative urbanism literature suggest, it is also a manifestation of the need to serve global capital in its continued extraction of primary resources from the country. More importantly, today’s production of West Ridge is a continuation of the peripheral linkage of Ghana under capitalist expansion.

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