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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Ethnicity and the long-term perspective: the African experience
Editor:Keese, AlexanderISNI
Series:CEAUP studies on Africa
City of publisher:Bern
Publisher:Peter Lang
ISBN:3034303378; 9783034303378
Geographic terms:West Africa
ethnic identity
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This volume is the first in a series to be published by the Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto and is the outcome of a conference held in Porto on 23 and 24 February 2007, which endeavoured to find a more balanced, less dogmatic approach in the debate about ethnicity in sub-Saharan Africa. After an Introduction by Alexander Keese, Part One covers East and South-East Africa and contains three essays. Eduardo Medeiros and Josť Capela examine Processes of identity-building in the Zambesi Valley: ethnic solidarity and the Zambesian ethos. In the second chapter Malyn Newitt analyses Kinship, religion, language and political control: ethnic identity among peoples of the Zambesi Valley. In the final chapter in this section Felicitas Becker looks at Vernacular ethnic stereotypes: their persistence and change in Southeast Tanzania, ca. 1890-2003. The second part is devoted to Coastal West Africa. Paul Nugent talks about The historicity of ethnicity: Mandinka/Jola and Ewe/Agotime identities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the colonial period, the Mandinka/Jola were found in Senegambia and the Ewe/Agotime in the trans-Volta region. Philip J. Havik examines Tchon i Renansa: colonial governance, appointed chiefs and political change in 'Portuguese' Guinea, covering present-day Gambia, the Casamance region of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. In Chapter Six Alexander Keese asks Who's King Tom? Being a 'Temne', 'Mandinka' or 'Susu' between identity, solidarity and ethnic shifts in early nineteenth-century Sierra Leone. [ASC Leiden abstract]