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Money matters instability, values, and social payments in the modern history of West African communities

Author: Jane I Guyer
Publisher: London Currey Portsmouth, NH Heinemann 1999
Series: Social history of Africa
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Nachdr.View all editions and formats
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A social history of ordinary people's conceptions of money, this book examines currency and value in West Africa over the past 100 years. It contributes to the new history of imperialism and suggests  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Kongreß
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane I Guyer
ISBN: 0435089552 9780435089559 0435089579 9780435089573 0852556659 9780852556658 0852556152 9780852556153
OCLC Number: 248402694
Notes: Literaturangaben
Description: XIII, 331 Seiten Diagramme, 1 Karte 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: the currency interface and its dynamics, Jane I. Guyer. Part 1 Pre-colonial currency dynamics: Raphia monies among the Teke, Marie-Claude Dupre; cowries, gold and dollars - exchange rate instability and domestic price inflation in Dahomey, Robin Law. Part 2 Currency revolutions redescribed: the history and the adventures of a monetary object of the Kwele of the Congo, George Dupre; monetization and the Asante state, Kwame Arhin. Part 3 Colonial situations in long-term perspective: the value of Beti bridewealth, Jane I. Guyer; currency instability and social payments among the Igbo of Eastern Nigeria 1890-1990, Felicia Ekejiuba; money and informal credit institutions in colonial Western Nigeria, Toyin Faloa; changes in marriage and funeral exchanges in Asante, Takyiwana Manuh. Part 4 Long-term themes in present situations: money, self-realization and the person in Yoruba texts, Karin Barber; the state, the courts and "value" - caught between matrilineages in Ghana, Gwendolyn Mikell; how Gambians save - culture and economic strategy at an ethnic crossroads, Parker Shipton; the capitalization of money and credit in the development process in Nigeria, Akin L. Mobogunje. Part 5 Epilogue: stable prices, unstable values - some thoughts on monetization and the meaning of transactions in West African economies, Sara S. Berry.
Series Title: Social history of Africa
Responsibility: ed. by Jane I. Guyer

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