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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Mandinka adaptation to colonial rule in the Gambia
Author:Weil, Peter M.
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic terms:Gambia
Great Britain
Abstract:Focus is upon the colonial period of the Mandinka of the Gambia and a particular set of political actions enmeshed in a political association, the mansa kompino, to elucidate both processes of colonial domination in West Africa and creative processes through which the Mandinka adapted to an conceptually shaped colonial domination. The mansa kompino was an ascribed association of males which was organized at the village level of most Mandinka communities throughout much of the colonial period in the Gambia (1894-1965). The association is analyzed as having played two major roles in the adaptation of Mandinka societies to political domination: 1) the political socialization of males for colonial rural and national society and 2) the stimulation of sense of political control, security, and positive ethnic identity through a ritual process of political status reversal. Comparison with analogous associations in other the structure and processual roles of the mansa kompino are a part of responses to political domination of colonial rule. The impact of mansa kampino on economic development is examined. Ref., notes.