This book conceptualizes integration and conflict as interrelated dimensions of social interaction, social relationships and alliances, identifications and identity constructions within society at large. In order to reach an in-depth understanding of integrative and violent forms of interaction in the region of the Upper Guinea Coast, authors take into account the impact and repercussions of specific historical experiences as well as the continuities and changes of social patterns affected by the interaction of local and globalized values, institutions, and models of social organization. Rather than providing an(other) analysis of wars and violence as such, contributors aim at a better understanding of the social mechanisms that affect both the processes of integration and conflict at the local, national and regional levels.
The Powerful Presence of the Past
Edited by James Giblin and Jamie Monson
This volume reexamines the Maji Maji war of 1905-07 in Tanzania, the largest African rebellion against European colonialism. Contributors provide histories of previously neglected localities and groups, and new insight into the use of protective medicines believed to provide invulnerability.
Edited by Giorgio Blundo & Pierre-Yves Le Meur
This book offers an ethnographic exploration of how public and collective services are produced ‘on the ground’ in Africa. This anthropology of everyday governance as process is a strong contribution to current debates on public policy, governmentality and the state.
Dmitri van den Bersselaar
Using a focus on the trajectory of commoditisation of gin in West Africa, this book investigates how imported goods acquire specific local meanings. It shows that local consumers, not foreign advertisers, produced the importance of schnapps gin for African ritual
By Jean-Pierre Warnier
The king of Mankon (Cameroon) acts as a container of ancestral substances he distributes to his people. This book shows how the exercise of power in a contemporary African kingdom is based on the implementation of bodily and material technologies.
Edited By Sara Dorman, Daniel Hammett, and Paul Nugent
This book explores the instrumental manipulation of citizenship and narrowing definitions of national-belonging which refract political struggles in Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Somalia, Tanzania, and South Africa, where conflicts are legitimated through claims of exclusionary nationhood ...
By Neil C.M. Carrier
This detailed ethnography follows trajectories the controversial stimulant khat takes from Kenya's Nyambene Hills to consumers spread throughout the world, and highlights the great economic, social and cultural significance of this transnational commodity for those animating its 'social life'
Jeff D. Grischow
This historical study of development in Northern Ghana provides a fascinating new analysis of the colonial attempt to preserve African peasant communities in the face of economic transformation between 1899 and 1957.
This book provides comprehensive information on the 500-year long colonial history, post-colonial politics, and local political culture and practice of the island republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, one of the smallest and least known African countries.
Kenneth Swindell and Alieu Jeng
This text provides an overview of the Gambian groundnut trade, assessing the various political, economic, social and environmental forces, which shaped the trade locally and internationally, and their contemporary relevance to theperception and transformation of West African agriculture.
This book on dam-affected communities of the Volta River Project breaks with the mould and tackles the question of long term environmental and socio-economic impacts and responses of two often neglected groups of communities- the downstream and lakeside communities.
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