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Title:Konnurokusem: Kinship and Family in the History of the Oyoko Kckcc Dynasty of Kumase
Author:McCaskie, Thomas C.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Ashanti polity
traditional polities
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/182467
Abstract:This paper analyses kinship relations in the West African kingdom of Asante (Ashanti), now located within the Republic of Ghana. In specific terms, it addresses the structural characteristics and the interpersonal dynamics of kinship within the history of the Kumase Oyoko K˛k˛˛ 'abusua' (the ruling dynasty of Asante) between, very broadly, the 1760s and the 1880s. The discussion is centred on the evolving history of relations between individuals - most centrally the Asantehene Kwaku Dua Panin and the Asantehemaa Afua Sapon - within a particular '˛yafunu koro' (uterine group or stirp; 'family') that was a componential part of the royal dynasty. The core of the paper is an analytic reading of the 'konnurokusem', a complex dynastic conflict that involved the individuals named and that occurred in the 1850s. The paper argues that the reconstruction and analysis of the field of kinship relations within African societies places an important, if hitherto neglected, tool in the hands of historians. The interpretation of events, the understanding of actions and motives, and the overall deepening of comprehension are all enriched by the use of this tool. Notes, ref., sum.