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EDITORS’ NOTE We are pleased to bring you Issue 7 of Ghana Studies. Once again we apologize for its late appearance that reflects the continuing challenges that we have experienced in our bi-continental collaboration. We wish to thank those who have encouraged and gently prodded us to bring out the issues. Hopefully it will not be long before the next issue is also out: it is already well under way and we plan to have it out later this year. This issue is a special issue from the ASA meeting of 2004 and has been guest edited by Raymond Silverman of the University of Michigan. We thank Ray for his persistence and efforts. We are also grateful to the presenters at the Ghana Studies Council double panel for allowing us to publish their papers. Those of you who came to the 2004 meeting will remember that the Benson-McCaskie paper was given in absentia. Sue Benson, a member of the Anthropology department in Cambridge, and a vibrant participant in the Ghana studies community, became ill just before the meeting, Although she maintained her serenity and optimism throughout her illness, sadly, she passed away in Cambridge on July 4th 2005. We sympathize deeply with Sue’s children and dedicate this issue of Ghana Studies to the memory and legacy of our colleague and friend. Takyiwaa Manuh Lynne Brydon ...


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