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Asante Identities History and Modernity in an African Village, 1850-1950 cover
  • ISBN: 9780253214966
  • ISBN10: 0253214963

Asante Identities History and Modernity in an African Village, 1850-1950

by T. C. McCaskie

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/2001
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"Using dozens of boxes of leftover data from the monumental 1940s Cambridge WestAfrica Institute's Ashanti Social Survey, McCaskie (West African Studies, Univ. of Birmingham) haswritten a microhistory of the little village of Adiebeba from its beginnings in the Asante Kingdomthrough its incorporation into the city of Kumase in 1954 just before the end of British rule in theGold Coast Colony. Adiebeba changed drastically. Village endogamy gave way to stranger marriages.The desire for the sweet things of life-kerosene lighting, cooking oil, metal pots and pans,clothing (especially underwear), soap, cosmetics, and tinned food-gave rise to an unrestrainedpursuit of money and the destruction of lives and families. Still, traditional belief in fetishes(witchcraft), the power of juju, and ancestor worship persisted, notwithstanding the determinationof Christian missionaries. Adherence continued also to the idea that the ancient antecedents of theAsante, the Koa people, were part of the lost tribe of Israel and that the name was transmuted firstto Koana, then to Gwana, and finally to contemporary Ghana. With photographs, maps, andbibliography, the monograph is highly recommended as a significant contribution to the InternationalAfrican Library series. All levels. -W. W. Reinhardt, Randolp" -Macon College, Choice,January 2002
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