Ethnicity In Ghana / Edition 1

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These essays address the neglected theme of ethnicity in Ghanaian history, society, and politics. The essays qualify the notion that ethnicity was purely a colonial "invention" by demonstrating the ways in which the boundaries of "we-groups" have mutated from pre-colonial times onwards. The collection also considers the particular manner in which the national question is posed today in terms of language policy and conflicts over land and chieftaincy.

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In sum, the case studies in this collection, by exploring the limits as well as the varieties of political and cultural creativity in Ghana, illuminate the ways in which ethnic expression relates to older idioms of collective identity. Students of ethnic assertiveness elsewhere in Africa would indeed profit from reading these explorations. International Journal of African Historical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312224059
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/7/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Carola Lentz is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.

Paul Nugent is Senior Lecturer in African history at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

Ethnicity in Ghana: A Comparative Perspective--Carola Lentz & Paul Nugent
• In the Mix: Women and Ethnicity among the Anlo-Ewe--Sandra Greene
• "We Stay, Others Come and Go": Identity among the Mamprusi in Northern Ghana--Michael Schlottner
• Asante Nationhood and Colonial Administrators, 1896-1935--Ivor Wilks
• Be(com)ing Asante, Be(com)ing Akan: Thoughts on Gender, Identity, and the Colonial Encounter--David Killingray
• Contested Identities: The History of Ethnicity in Northwestern Ghana--Carola Lentz
• ""A Few Lesser People": The Central Togo Minorities and their Ewe Neighbors--Paul Nugent
• The 1994 Civil War in Northern Ghana: The Genesis and Escalation of a "Tribal" Conlfict--Artur Bogner
• Promotion of Ghanaian Languages and its Impact on National Unity: The Dagara Language Case--Sebastian Bemile

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