Time In The Black Experience

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In the first book which deals entirely with the subject of time in Africa and the Black Diaspora, Adjaye presents ten critical case studies of selected communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the American South. The essays cover a wide spectrum of manifestations of temporal experience, including cosmological and genealogical time, physical and ecological cycles, time and worldview, social rhythm, agricultural and industrial time, and historical processes and consciousness. The studies confirm the continuity of ...

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Overview

In the first book which deals entirely with the subject of time in Africa and the Black Diaspora, Adjaye presents ten critical case studies of selected communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the American South. The essays cover a wide spectrum of manifestations of temporal experience, including cosmological and genealogical time, physical and ecological cycles, time and worldview, social rhythm, agricultural and industrial time, and historical processes and consciousness. The studies confirm the continuity of temporal experience among Africans from pre-colonial times, through the colonial period in Africa, across continents through slavery and Maroon societies, to present-day communities like the Gullah of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. The subject of time, now recognized to be relative rather than uniform, draws together evidence from a variety of disciplines, specifically history, linguistics, political science, anthropology, and philosophy.

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JOSEPH K. ADJAYE is Associate Professor of History in the Black Studies and History Departments of the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
1 Time in Africa and Its Diaspora: An Introduction 1
2 Ntangu-Tandu-Kolo: The Bantu-Kongo Concept of Time 17
3 Time, Language, and the Oral Tradition: An African Perspective 35
4 Time, Identity, and Historical Consciousness in Akan 55
5 Time and Culture among the Bamana/Mandinka and Dogon of Mali 79
6 Time and Labor in Colonial Africa: The Case of Kenya and Malawi 97
7 "Kafir Time": Preindustrial Temporal Concepts and Labor Discipline in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Natal 121
8 Time and History among a Maroon People: The Aluku 141
9 Jamaican Maroons: Time and Historical Identity 161
10 Early African-American Attitudes toward Time and Work 183
11 Time in the African Diaspora: The Gullah Experience 199
Bibliography 213
Index 225
About the Contributors 231
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