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A cultural and social history of Ghana from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century : the Gold Coast in the age of trans-Atlantic slave trade

Author: Ray A Kea
Publisher: Lewiston, New York : The Edwin Mellen Press, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A study that examines the African side of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and proposes a fresh approach to an understanding of early Atlantic and Gold Coast modernity. It engages the historical  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray A Kea
ISBN: 9780773439108 0773439102
OCLC Number: 731913398
Description: 2 volumes (viii, 686 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One: Texts. Chapter 1: Hans Lykke of Osu. Hermeneutics. A death-wish. Writing Hans Lykke. History continues. Noete/Note Doku. Klama and Kpele hermeneutics. Dominion. The Akwamu factor. The lumo and the company. The lumo as ma?nyo. Akwamu politics. Rebellion. A counter-narrative. Rebellion. Life and death. The idea of Hans Lykke --
Chapter 2. History, commerce, and texts. Texts and commerce. The ordering of things. Texts and Gold Coast history. Labor. Work as a condition of life. A mason's imagination. History as critique. The question of the present. Identifying the authors. An historical imagination. Imaginaries. The imaginative dimension in history. Counter-factual yearning --
Part Two: Service. Chapter 3: The company's servant: Sodsha Duomoro. Social and trading capital. Biography and Atlantic slaving. A cognitive and social order. A politics of location. The son of a famous man. Household property. Working for the company. Cultural and symbolic capital. Values and meanings. The aesthetics and metaphysics of power. The cultural domain of Coutymer. The politics of property. A life in the eighteenth century --
Part Three: Resistance. Chapter 4: Subalterns and social struggle. Rethinking what we know. "History to the defeated". Social transcripts. Places of sanctuary. Subalterns. "Plundering on the general road". Unmastered men. "His master should never get another day's work out of him". Social inversion. Liminality and history. Agency and the terrain of social struggle --
Chapter 5: A rebel and an abolitionist. "Giving import to lives on the margins". Atlantic slaving and historical agency. Kwasi the blacksmith and rebel. Mutiny in Christiansborg castle. Plotting rebellion on St. Croix. A life of defeat. ''Life is fury''. Life in Edwumako-Asene. Enslavement. Confronting history in the idea of abolition. The modernity of the unimaginable.
Other Titles: Gold Coast in the age of trans-Atlantic slave trade
Responsibility: Ray A. Kea ; with a foreword by Ivor Wilks.
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"... focuses on the social and cultural life of the coastal towns and the dynamics and contradictions of relations as impacted by the ethos of the transoceanic trade in human bodies." (Prof. David Read more...

 
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