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Sources and Methods in African History : Spoken, Written, Unearthed - Toyin Falola

Sources and Methods in African History

Spoken, Written, Unearthed

By: Toyin Falola (Editor), Christian Jennings (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th September 2004
ISBN: 9781580461405
Number Of Pages: 432

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Spurred in part by the ongoing re-evaluation of sources and methods in research, African historiography in the past two decades has been characterized by the continued branching and increasing sophistication of methodologies and areas of specialization. The rate of incorporation of new sources and methods into African historical research shows no signs of slowing. This book is both a snapshot of current academic practice and an attempt to sort through some of the problems scholars face within this unfolding web of sources and methods. The book is divided into five sections, each of which begins with a short introduction by a distinguished Africanist scholar. The first section deals with archaeological contributions to historical research. The second section examines the methodologies involved in deciphering historically accurate African ethnic identities from the records of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The third section mines old documentary sources for new historical perspectives. The fourth section deals with the method most often associated with African historians, that of drawing historical data from oral tradition. The fifth section is devoted to essays that present innovative sources and methods for African historical research. Together, the essays in this cutting-edge volume represent the current state of the art in African historical research. Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Christian Jennings is a Doctoral Candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Section Introduction: Archaeology and Historyp. 3
Trouble with Siblings: Archaeological and Historical Interpretation of the West African Pastp. 7
Material Culture and Cadastral Data: Documenting the Cedarberg Frontier, South Africa, 1725-1740p. 16
Chronology, Material Culture, and Pathways to the Cultural History of Yoruba-Edo Region, 500 B.C.-A.D. 1800p. 33
For Trinkets Such As Beads: A Revalorization of Khoisan Labor in Colonial Southern Africap. 80
Section Introduction: Methodology through the Ethnic Lens: The Study of Atlantic Africap. 105
Pathways to African Ethnicity in the Americas: African National Associations in Cuba during Slaveryp. 118
Slave Trade Nomenclature and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Evidence from Early Eighteenth-Century Costa Ricap. 145
Africa in Louisiana: In Search of "Bambara" and Creole Identities in Literary and Statistical Sourcesp. 156
Section Introduction: New Approaches to Documentary Sourcesp. 169
They Called Themselves Iloikop: Rethinking Pastoralist History in Nineteenth-Century East Africap. 173
Interpreting Cases, Disentangling Disputes: Court-Cases as a Source for Understanding Patron-Client Relationships in Early Colonial Lagosp. 195
Capricious Tyrants and Persecuted Subjects: Reading between the Lines of Missionary Records in Precolonial Northern Namibiap. 219
Section Introduction: Oral Tradition: Classic Questions, New Answersp. 239
Narratives on Pilgrimages to Mecca: Beauty versus History in Mande Oral Traditionp. 249
Kingship and the Mediators of the Past: Oral Tradition and Ritual Performance in Nupeland, Nigeriap. 268
Passages in a Struggle over the Past: Stories of Maji Maji in Njombe, Tanzaniap. 295
Maisha: Life History and the History of Livelihood along the TAZARA Railway in Tanzaniap. 312
Section Introduction: Innovative Sources and Methodsp. 331
Ben and Maggie: Consuming Data: Reassessing Scientific and Anthropological Evidence: Historical Perspective on Nutrition Studiesp. 335
Electricity Networks in Africa: A Comparative Study, or How to Write Social History from Economic Sourcesp. 346
"Rain or Shine War Gonna' Rock": Dance Subcultures and Identity Construction in Accra, Ghanap. 361
Sample Surveys: Underexploited Sources for African Social Historyp. 376
Contributorsp. 393
Indexp. 399
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ISBN: 9781580461405
ISBN-10: 1580461409
Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 20th September 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.8  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.7

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