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Title:Network Building and Political Power in North-Western Sierra Leone, 1800-1865
Authors:Howard, Allen M.
Skinner, David E.ISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:social networks
political elite
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159908
Abstract:The study of social, economic and political networks provides a new perspective on the history of northwestern Sierra Leone and neighbouring parts of Guinea during the 18th and 19th centuries. This article concerns the men and women of wealth, rank and power who built and maintained local and extensive networks focused on towns in northwestern Sierra Leone, Port Loko and Kambia, at two time periods, c. 1800 and c. 1865. These activities involved the production and exchange of resources; the migration, settlement and intermarriage of families; and the creation, expansion and fission of households, alliances and other groups. Network analysis illuminates major historical changes, such as the development of towns, kingdoms and interregional trade systems. Furthermore, it reveals the shifting nature of ethnic identities, particularly among the Mande. And finally, it helps to show how society in the northwest became more class differentiated as internal and external commerce expanded. Fig., map, notes, ref., sum. (in French).