I Will Not Eat Stone: A Women's History of Colonial Asante / Edition 1

I Will Not Eat Stone: A Women's History of Colonial Asante / Edition 1

by Victoria B Tashjian, Jean Allman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325070008

ISBN-13: 9780325070001

Pub. Date: 07/20/2000

Publisher: Heinemann

This long awaited and definitive work on gender in Asante during the early twentieth century provides a needed balance to emphasis on chiefship and external relations evident thus far in the historical scholarship on colonial and pre-colonial Asante. I am certainly looking forward to using this book in every possible African studies course I teach.
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This long awaited and definitive work on gender in Asante during the early twentieth century provides a needed balance to emphasis on chiefship and external relations evident thus far in the historical scholarship on colonial and pre-colonial Asante. I am certainly looking forward to using this book in every possible African studies course I teach.
- Gracia Clark, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

By bringing women into the mainstream of Asante historiography, the authors move us towards that singularly elusive goal: the realization of a comprehensive Asante social history.
- Ivor Wilks Professor Emeritus, African History Northwestern University

In an admirable collaborative effort, Jean Allman and Victoria Tashjian focus on commodity production, family labor and reproduction in colonial Asante. The authors demonstrate how broader social and economic forces - cash cropping, trade, monetization of the economy, British rule, and Christian missions - recast the terms of domestic struggle in Asante and how ordinary men and women negotiated that ever shifting landscape. By centering their analysis on women, Allman and Tashjian recover the broader history of a society whose past has largely been understood in terms of the state, political evolution, trade, and the careers of political elites. Based on the recollections of Asante women and men born during the years 1900 to 1925 and on rich archival sources, I Will Not Eat Stone captures the resilience and tenacity of a generation of Asante women and their struggles in defense of social and economic autonomy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325070001
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
07/20/2000
Series:
Social History of Africa Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Glossary of Twi terms

By Way of Introduction

The World to Which They Were Born: Women's Life Stories and the Problem of Colonial Chronologies

"It's Mine" and "It's Ours" Are Not the Same Thing: Marrying and Marriage on a Shifting Colonial Terrain

Sika Ye Mogya/"Money is Blood"?: Transformations in the Domestic Economy of Childrearing

"Serving a Man Is Wasted Labor": Women's Conjugal Strategies in a Worold of Cash and Cocoa

Making Proper Mothers and Dutiful Wives: Chiefs, Missions, and Order out of Chaos

By Way of Concluding

Bibliography

Index

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