Aesthetic impact of Ghanaian socio-cultural practices on the environment and its protection in Ghana

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The environment and its protection are of absolute importance to the development of humanity, socially, culturally, economically and physically. However, due to inadequate aesthetic considerations of the environment, bad cultural practices, ineffective education through art, little integration of art into scientific applications and lack of pragmatic artistic policies by governments, the degradation of the environment is rapidly on the ascendancy. In view of these, this research emphasizes the need to utilize aesthetic considerations and good socio-cultural practices to protect, beautify and conserve our natural as well as the built environments that will help improve the very livelihood of mankind. By employing the qualitative methodology to address the problems identified the research shows by its analysis, presentation, arguments and suggestions that artistic attributes and acceptable cultural values are very important to Ghanaians in enhancing the beauty of the environment, as well as preserve everything that can be found in it, such as forests, rivers, mountains, buildings and so on. This dissertation, however, is a valuable source of information and it is geared towards sensitizing other researchers, stakeholders, policy-makers, institutions, environmentalists and tourism promotion managers to be fully aware of the aesthetic aspects of the environment. The dissertation is presented in seven chapters. The first chapter, being the introductory chapter, deals with the problem and its statement. Chapter Two surveys the related literature on the subject under investigation while Chapter Three deals with an in-depth discussion on the relationship between indigenous aesthetics and the environment. Chapter Four, however, highlights on the methodology employed in the execution of the research. Chapters Five and Six form the findings of the dissertation and provide vivid discussions on the state of the environment as well as its aesthetic impact. These two chapters also present the results of the research. The thesis ends with the seventh chapter which deals with the discussions, conclusions and recommendations. By these indications, this research hopes that if the suggestions and recommendations are well embraced in national policies, our eco-system could be effectively protected from further degradation.
A dissertation submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.