Capitalism and Cloves: An Archaeology of Plantation Life on Nineteenth-Century Zanzibar

Capitalism and Cloves: An Archaeology of Plantation Life on Nineteenth-Century Zanzibar

by Sarah K. Croucher

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This study of nineteenth-century clove plantations on Zanzibar provides an important contribution to debates in global historical archaeology. Broadening plantation archaeology beyond the Atlantic World, this work addresses plantations run by Omani Arab colonial rulers of Zanzibar. Drawing on archaeological and historical data, this book argues for the need to examine non-Western contexts of colonialism and capitalism as coeval with those in the North Atlantic World. This work explores themes of capitalism, colonialism, plantation landscapes, African Diaspora communities, gender and sexuality, locally produced and imported goods in historic contexts, and Islamic historical archaeology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493941872
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah K. Croucher is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. Her research broadly explores nineteenth-century African Diaspora contexts, largely through the study of East Africa. She is interested in questions of identity and power, and theoretical debates in historical archaeology. Her current research is based in Middletown, Connecticut, where she directs a community archaeology project examining the Beman Triangle, a mid-nineteenth century free African American community associated with the AME Zion Church where she is examining racialized, gendered, and community identities in relation to the neighborhood landscape.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Why Clove Plantations? East African Archaeology, History and Anthropology.- Chapter 3: Plantation Landscapes.- Chapter 4: The Archaeology of Slavery.- Chapter 5: Plantation Households.- Chapter 6: Global Goods.- Chapter 7: Pemban People: Local Ceramics and Changing Identities.- Chapter 8: Capitalism and Cloves: East African Historical Archaeology.

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