Chiefs Know Their Boundaries
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256 Pages

22.7 x 14.2 cm

7 line illus.

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey

Chiefs Know Their Boundaries

Essays on Property, Power and the Past in Asante, 1896-1996

by Sara S. Berry

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Relates issues of land tenure and entitlement to the history of power in the region.

This text explores the changes and continuities in the ways people have made and exercised claims on the land in Asante, Ghana, during the colonial and postcolonial era.
"... a fascinating study of Africa's legal, political and economic modernity ... a rich enquiry into the ways in which the constant re-interpretation of history is crucial to a definition of what constitutes ownership of land. And since the issues of land tenure and entitlement are at the heart of the relationship between wealth and power, in Africa as elsewhere, this discussion casts a revealing light on the relevance of tradition to modernization of the continent. It also brings to the fore the vexed subject of continued significance of customary authority, especially local chiefs, within a political framework that has no constitutionally relevant place for them." Patrick Chabal, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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9780852556443

March 2001

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.27 x 1.42 cm

7 line illus.

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey