Gender, Ethnicity and Social Change on the Upper Slave Coast
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224 Pages

22.7 x 14.2 cm

17 b/w, 15 line illus.

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey

Gender, Ethnicity and Social Change on the Upper Slave Coast

A History of the Anlo-Ewe

by Sandra Greene

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Brings together the fields of gender studies and ethnic studies to examine precolonial Africa.

The focus is on the history of the Anlo-Ewe of south-eastern Ghana from the 17th-19th centuries, though in the last two chapters the author extends her analysis to the 20th century. The changing boundary between 'we' and 'they' isdocumented, as the community absorbed refugees, traders and conquerors. As family elders competed for limited resources, they began to sacrifice the interests of young women under their authority. The women reacted against beingmarginalized, and aligned themselves with non-kin, who most often were religiously influential ethnic outsiders in the community. By the end of the 19th century, the boundary between 'we' and 'they', and the way in which men and women interacted, had changed significantly.
"It is a masterful synthesis of gender, ethnicity and social change in Anlo society... . I suspect I will continue to buy Greene's book for other Anlo chiefs who discover this gem. -" Emmanuel Akyeampong, JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY
"This is an excellent book, the real triumph of which lies in its integrated coverage of themes and historical periods that are more commonly sorted into discrete boxes ... this book is a must for all those interested in ethnicity in Africa, as well as for those whose interests lie in the area of gender history. -" Simon Nugent, AFRICA
"The categories of ethnic insider/ethnic outsider deployed in this analysis have important parallels in other Atlantic Basin societies, whilst the complex history of immigration and competing social structure illuminates social processes which are now occurring widely in Africa beyond the littoral. -" Barrie Sharpe, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"... masterful synthesis. -" Margaret Snyder, CHOICE

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9780852556221

January 1996

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Title Details

224 Pages

2.27 x 1.42 cm

17 b/w, 15 line illus.

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey