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By T. C. McCaskie

An account of the lifetime of a Ghanaian village in the course of a century of tumultuous swap, this examine is additionally a richly textured microhistory and an exploration of the meanings of heritage and modernity in an African context. The years 1850-1950 witnessed numerous momentous and transformative advancements in Asante heritage, together with British annexation and colonial overrule. In Asante Identities,
T. C. McCaskie offers a nuanced learn of this period 'from below,' targeting the standard lives of commoners in Adeebeba, an autonomous village that used to be engulfed via the growth of town of Kumase within the twentieth century. He tells this tale during the phrases of the villagers themselves, drawing on existence histories amassed through the Ashanti Social Survey within the Forties.

McCaskie offers a deep cultural studying that levels over problems with selfhood and neighborhood and their influence at the colonial adventure. His dialogue touches on questions of id, trust, energy, cash, rights, tasks, gender, sexuality, and lots more and plenty extra. the result's a e-book compelling in either its old element and its analytic sophistication.

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From the mid-eighteenth century onwards the majority of nkoa at Wono served the Asantehemaa. These included the ama abaawa abusua, an asene∑ lineage of Denkyira origin that supplied female fanbearers (nkotimsifo≈; and note abaawa, ‘maidservant’) to the Asantehemaa and that appears to have been related to Kwasi Brantuo’s antecedents at Asoromaso, barely two miles north of Wono. Whatever the precise nature of this connection, Kwasi Brantuo certainly acquired some of these Wono people – most probably after the disgrace and death of the Asantehemaa Afua Sapon in 1858–9 – and resettled a part of them at Ade∑beba.

Of the five identifiable groups of people that pioneered Kwasi Brantuo’s village none was composed of awowanifo≈, those put into mortgage (awowa) as security on a loan or surety on a debt. Pawnage was an endemic feature of Asante life, and pledged subjects were commonly a part – and sometimes a significant part – of many village populations. The presence of awowanifo≈ in settlements reflected politico-economic market realities. But though the practice of acquiring and resettling such people was widespread, it was still regarded with some scepticism by office holders in that it fell short of an ideal.

Rewards effort’) and Ade∑mmra (‘a property where riches (cf. mmra) are to be obtained’), a scant mile to the west, were taken from the defeated Kaasehene and given by Osei Tutu to the Kumase Akwamuhene/Asafohene ≈bir∑mp≈n Awere. Shortly thereafter, in the early years of the eighteenth century, the Denyasehene Kwasi Aduonin displayed his wealth in Kumase before Osei Tutu in order to be recognised as ≈bir∑mp≈n. He ‘hunted the elephant’ over a section of the Ade∑mmra land awarded to him by Awere.

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