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Title:Materializing colonial encounters: archaeologies of African experience
Editor:Richard, Francois G.ISNI
City of publisher:New York
ISBN:9781493947904; 1493926330; 9781493926336
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:material culture
archaeological artefacts
Abstract:This collective volume investigates the material production and expression of colonial experiences in Africa. It combines archaeological, historical, and ethnographic sources to explore the diverse pathways, practices, and projects constructed by Africans in their engagement with the forces of colonial modernity and capitalism. The volume is situated in ongoing debates in archaeological and anthropological approaches to materiality. While the book focuses on western and southern Africa - the sub-regions that boast the deepest traditions of historical archaeological research in the continent - case-studies are included as well from traditionally less well-represented areas (East African and Swahili coasts, Madagascar), whose material pasts are essential to a wider comprehension of variability and comparability of 'modern' colonial conditions. The book is divided into five parts: I. Circulation: scale, value, entanglement; II. Mediations: things, texts, oral traditions; III. Memory: imagining and remembering colonial worlds; IV. Power: politics, capitalism, and the making of colonial worlds; V. Discussion. Contributions: Materializing colonial pasts: African archaeological perspectives (François G. Richard); Small change: cowries, coins, and the currency transition in the Northern Territories of colonial Ghana (Natalie Swanepoel); Circulations through worlds apart: Georgian and Victorian England in an African mirror (Ann B. Stahl); Historical archaeology, language, and storytelling at the Cape of Good Hope and elsewhere (Yvonne Brink); The signs of mission: rethinking archaeologies of representation (on Madagascar, Zoë Crossland); Biographies of practice and the negotiation of Swahili at nineteenth-century Vumba (south coast of Kenya, Stephanie Wynne-Jones); Margins of difference: a study of the collapse and restoration of the Kekana chiefdom under the rule of Chief Mugombane (South Africa, Amanda Esterhuysen); The 'dirty' material and symbolic work of 'state' building in Madagascar: from indigenous state-crafting to indigenous empire building to external colonial imposition and indigenous insurrection (Susan Kus and Victor Raharijaona); The politics of absence: the longue durée of state-peasant interactions in the Siin (Senegal), 1850s-1930s (François G. Richard); Modernity's rush: time, space, and race in the shadows of the diamond fields (South Africa, Lindsay Weiss); On materializing colonial encounters: a commentary (Ibrahima Thiaw); African archaeologies in transition: hybrid knowledge of colonial pasts (Michael Rowland). [ASC leiden abstract]