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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Power and Dynastic Conflict in Mampon
Author:McCaskie, Thomas C.ISNI
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Ghana
Ashanti polity
oral history
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171719
Abstract:The analysis of the relationship between oral and written documentation and the expression or articulation of political power and interest is now extremely sophisticated for the Asante case, yet it remains obstinately one-sided, as Asante history has tended to be interpreted from the political center, Kumase. Some scholars have intermittently called for another, more broadening and less constraining, perspective, and a very few have acted upon this plea by considering the nature of historic Asante society from various points on the 'periphery'. This paper is also a contribution to this 'view from the periphery', In this case the major territorial division of Mampon. The author first addresses some more general points concerning the use (and usefulness) of African oral historical material, the colonial intervention as a conveniant temporal caesura, and the Asante as a case for the successful integration of (British) social anthropological synchronic tradition with the data of the historical record. Thereafter follows an essay in interdisciplinary reconciliation; it seeks to marry the insights of synchronic anthropology with the diachronic data base of the historian. - Notes, tab.