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The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective

The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective OPEN ACCESS

Jacqueline Knörr
Christoph Kohl
Copyright Date: 2016
Published by: Berghahn Books
Pages: 364
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    The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective
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    This book examines testimony in the works of Rebecca West, Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, H.G. de Lisser, V.S Reid, and Ngũgi wa Thiong’o, and argues that disruptions to imperial and national power and the legal and legal responses they inspired shape the formal practices of modernist and Anglophone literature.

    eISBN: 978-1-78533-070-4
    Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology, Population Studies
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  1. Jacqueline Knörr and Christoph Kohl

    For centuries, the Upper Guinea Coast region of West Africa has been characterized by connections and interactions with societies and thought worlds in various parts of Africa and beyond. This book explores these regional and global encounters and exchanges, and points to the disruptions and continuities they caused as well as to the region’s influences on other parts of the world. Its chapters focus on the region’s entanglements with different societies, entanglements triggered by the expansion of colonialism, the Atlantic slave trade and, more recently, densifying transnational networks and increased global interaction – processes and institutions that are interconnected and...

  2. Part I. Creole Connections
    • Bruce L. Mouser

      Current literature amply demonstrates that ‘transnational’ is an imprecise and overused term. For the purpose of this study of trader families on the West African coast and their charter generations, transnational is used in two ways. Transnational families contain a primary component on the African mainland. They have family branches living and working in different countries, and those branches interact with each other and are aware of each other’s existence. They identify themselves as transnational or are identified by others as transnational. Their more successful branches travel to distant places, study abroad, speak several languages, and are open to the...

    • Christoph Kohl

      The Upper Guinea Coast is a special case, where processes of creolization in connection to Portugal’s expansion are concerned. Colonial ideology used to depict Guinea-Bissau as the ‘first Portuguese possession’, ‘cradle’ (Reis Torgal 2005: 64), and ‘dawn’ (Governo da Guiné 1952) of the Portuguese empire. The Portuguese called at the Upper Guinea Coast on their way to Asia and Brazil. Portuguese culture, having ‘disembarked’ there first, has been appropriated, integrated and transformed by local populations there since the late fifteenth century. Hence, the Upper Guinea Coast was the first region where creolization occurred in connection to (Portuguese) colonialism (Vale de...

    • Nathaniel King

      Sierra Leone’s history supplies the basis for understanding the geographical, psychological, emotional and political macro- and micro-fields on which the current significance of Freetown’s secret societies is being played out. Some of the contexts are divided by centuries, but all these periods are swathed in enduring issues of identity, integration and power, among others, that are still relevant today.

      In 1787, a humanitarian organization, Society for the Black Poor, mobilized resources and the British government’s approval for the first repatriation of a group of ex-slaves to Africa. The efforts aimed not at returning them to their specific geographical homelands in...

  3. Part II. Diasporic Entanglements
  4. Part III. Travelling Models
    • Wilson Trajano Filho

      In this chapter I examine how systematic intersocietal encounters set cultural elements in motion across time and space, generating semantic instabilities that affect the meanings of things and ideas in a nonrandom way. My attention will be directed to the connections (and the turbulences they bring about) between the ecumenes that arose from processes of cultural creolization along the Upper Guinea Coast before the arrival of Europeans in the fifteenth century; the Luso-African ecumene that developed in this portion of the African coast and the adjacent islands of Cape Verde; and the Caribbean ecumene, also the product of a long...

    • Joanna Davidson

      Along the Upper Guinea Coast, rice has played a significant role in shaping land and livelihoods, persons and population flows, desires, dreams, disappointments, spiritual and moral life, and interactions and transactions for many hundreds of years, or perhaps even a few thousand. For several centuries this area of West Africa was known to Europeans as the Grain or Rice Coast, signalling their recognition of the importance, abundance and defining aspect of rice in this region (or, more selfishly, their own interest in securing this rice in their trade along the coast). But both before and after European dominance in this...

    • William P. Murphy

      Survival and self-protection often require an acute recognition of the sociopolitical structures creating suffering. This social fact is especially significant for people displaced during a war – that is, people displaced either within their country (IDPs) or outside the country (refugees).¹ War-affected groups face the challenges of rebuilding social lives when they return to exited communities, whether villages, towns and neighbourhoods or the national community as a whole. (E.g. a refugee might return to the national community but avoid her local community of origin because of the oppression of harsh patriarchy.) Returnees must confront the structural problems that led to...

    • Sylvanus Spencer

      Sierra Leone, a small country on the Upper Guinea Coast, was colonized by the British, who made it a settlement for freed slaves. Hence, the capital came to be known as Freetown. The official language is English, but denizens speak many other ethnic languages; Krio is the lingua franca. At the end of the twentieth century, the country went through a bloody, destructive civil war that puts it in the unenviable group of African states that have been described as ‘dysfunctional’, ‘failed’ or ‘collapsed’ and given rise to much pessimism about the future of the African continent. The gruesome human...

    • Susan Shepler

      In the field of international struggles for the protection of children affected by war, there are many ‘firsts’ in the case of Sierra Leone. The peace accord signed in Lomé in 1999 was the first African peace accord to specifically mention the reintegration of former child soldiers. The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone was the first UN peacekeeping mission to include a child protection officer. The Special Court for Sierra Leone was the first international criminal tribunal to convict individuals of war crimes for conscripting and enlisting children.¹

      Since then, the field of child protection for children affected by...

  5. Part IV. Interregional Integration
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