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An analysis of the social relations inwaste management: Two case studies on Somanya and Agormanya in Ghana
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents the analysis of how the social relations shape the situation ofwaste management in developing countries. The towns of Somanya and Agormanya,which are both located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, have been selected as casestudies for this thesis. Qualitative research methods were applied to collect theinformation during the fieldwork. The thesis applies different social science concepts,such as the concept of community, gender relations, corruption and space, to analyzethe social relations among the actors within waste management in the two study areas.The thesis aims to look at waste management from a new perspective and seeks tofind better solutions to deal with the waste situation in developing countries.The results obtained from the empirical work presents the relationships of differentactors in the private space and in the public domain. Relationships between membersof the family are analyzed through concepts of gender and cultural structure withinthe private space. Social relations in the public space involve several actors, such astraditional leaders, local officers, the church community and private companies. Theconcepts of state, community and decentralization are applied to explain how theactors relate to each other in waste management.

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Sustainable development, Ghana, waste management, gender, purity, impurity, corruption, state, community, local government, space, social relations
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160841OAI: diva2:453271
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2011-11-03 Created: 2011-11-01 Last updated: 2012-03-01Bibliographically approved

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