Between the Sea and the Lagoon
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256 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

15 b/w. 5 line. Illustrations

Series: Western African Studies

Imprint: James Currey

Between the Sea and the Lagoon

An Eco-social History of the Anlo of Southeastern Ghana, c.1850 to Recent Times

by Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong

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This study offers a social interpretation of environmental process for the coastal lowlands of southeastern Ghana.
The Anlo-Ewe, sometimes called the quintessential sea fishermen of West Africa, are a previously non-maritime people who developed a maritime tradition. Since the mid-17th century they have attempted to domesticate the lagoons andthe seas through the exploitation of salt and fish, the use of waterways as trade routes, and in the struggle to obtain security from lagoon flooding and sea erosion. This study offers a social interpretation of environmental process for the coastal lowlands of southeastern Ghana.

North America: Ohio U Press
"A thin ribbon of land constitutes the heart of Anlo state and society, poised between the pounding surf on the beaches to one side and the glistening expanse of the Keta Lagoon to the other...Nowhere else in Ghana does the on-going struggle between humansettlement and the forces of nature seem so apparent as in the watery landscape of the country's far south-eastern corner. It is the history of this uneasy dialogue between culture and nature that forms the subject of Emmanuel Akyeampong's new book, which sets out to offer a social interpretation of environmental process in the Anlo-Ewe region...This learned, accessible study contains many original insights into the historical interaction between the Anlo people and their distinctive regional landscape...the most effective sections of the book are focused on what might be termed moral economy (or moral ecology )...Between the Sea and the Lagoon represents a notable contribution to the growing body of work on the environmental history of Africa.' - John Parker in Journal of African History 'Eco-social history is a relatively new field (ignored by Chambers Dictionary) and could easily be misread as a combination of economic and social history. But this is a more interesting approach, tracing the interconnections between ecology and society in a specific political and cultural context. ...Certainly this will be an important source for students of Ghanaian history, society and culture, and for ecologists everywhere...the publishers are to be congratulated on recognizing the original quality of this work, and on producing it impeccably, right down to the footnotes, which actually appear at the foot of each page - a great convenience for the reader, especially as some contain shrewd comments.' - in Progress in Development Studies" Helen Kimble

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9780852557778

January 2002

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

15 b/w. 5 line. Illustrations

Series: Western African Studies

Imprint: James Currey