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Facing Two Ways : Ghana's Coastal Communities under Colonial Rule - Roger S. Gocking

Facing Two Ways

Ghana's Coastal Communities under Colonial Rule

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Published: 28th April 1999
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Facing Two Ways explores the interaction between European and African cultures within the setting of Ghana's main coastal communities. Roger S. Gocking focuses on the emergence of a distinctive ethno-cultural constellation that arose from the interaction between African and European cultures and between African cultures in the heterogeneous social setting of the coast. He recognizes nationalism as the most visible, but not necessarily the most important feature of life in coastal Africa from the late nineteenth century through the 1940's. Instead, Gocking emphasizes local initiatives in shaping African reactions to the colonial situation, including the policies of the mission churches, the operation of the judicial system, political life, and the institution of the family. He also discusses the escalation of cross fertilization of African cultures, known as the "Akanization" of the Southern Ghana area indirectly caused by colonialism.

This is a very valuable contribution to knowledge and is enlivened by a series of wonderful photographs, many of which have been published for the first time. International Journal of African Historical Studies This book will primarily interest specialists in Senegambian history, who will find interesting data on agriculture, craft production, slavery, and the famine of 1913-14. International Journal of African Historical Studies ...this book is warmly recommended to anyone with an interest in the history, and especially the Western representation, of this still-troubled and troubling land. International Journal of African Historical Studies Gocking's dynamic portrayal of coastal society deepens the understanding of the conflicts and compromises that together made colonial Ghana. It is an essential addition to all college and university libraries. CHOICE Gocking's dynamic portrayal of coastal society deepens the understanding of the conflicts and compromises that together made colonial Ghana. It is an essential addition to all college and university libraries. CHOICE This is a very valuable contribution to knowledge and is enlivened by a series of wonderful photographs, many of which have been published for the first time. International Journal of African Historical Studies This book will primarily interest specialists in Senegambian history, who will find interesting data on agriculture, craft production, slavery, and the famine of 1913-14. International Journal of African Historical Studies ...this book is warmly recommended to anyone with an interest in the history, and especially the Western representation, of this still-troubled and troubling land. International Journal of African Historical Studies

List of Photographs
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Coastal Society: An Introductionp. 1
The Making of Coastal Societyp. 23
Nineteenth-Century Coastal Society: The Limits of Creolizationp. 53
Marriage and Inheritance: Facing Difficult Choicesp. 87
Indirect Rule Versus Municipal Governmentp. 113
Competition for Traditional Officep. 149
Linking Two Political Culturesp. 177
Linking Different Judicial Traditionsp. 219
Linking Different Legal Systemsp. 249
Conclusionp. 279
Glossaryp. 285
Selected Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780761813545
ISBN-10: 0761813543
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 28th April 1999
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.75  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.56