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Author Keese, Alexander, author.

Title Ethnicity and the colonial state : finding and representing group identifications in a coastal West African and global perspective (1850-1960) / by Alexander Keese.

Publication Info. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 377 pages).
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Series Studies in global social history ; volume 22
Studies in global social history ; v. 22.
Note "An earlier version of this monograph was accepted as habilitation thesis by the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Berne, Switzerland, in 2010"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Group identifications : African and global categories -- Wolof and Wolofisation : statehood, colonial rule, and identification in Senegal -- Fragmentation and the Temne : from war raids into ethnic civil wars -- 'Ethnic identity' as an anti-colonial weapon? Ewe mobilisation from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s -- Conclusion.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 17, 2015).
Summary Ethnicity and the Colonial State analyses, through a comparison of three West African communities (Wolof, Temne, and Ewe), the ways in which ethnic labels and arguments are used (or omitted) in dealings with colonial administrations. It follows these strategies and choices over more than a century, between the conquest periods and independence. Where state structures were weak as a factor of group cohesion, ethnic arguments were especially likely to come into play. The analysis discusses internal fissures and conflicting interests within the communities as other incentives for ethnic coalition-building. The observations made in this book are put into the context of a global historical perspective, for which "ethnicity" has so far remained a badly defined concept.
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Subject Ethnicity -- Africa, West -- History.
Group identity -- Africa, West -- History.
Africa, West -- Ethnic relations.
Wolof (African people) -- Ethnic identity.
Ewe (African people) -- Ethnic identity.
Temne (African people) -- Ethnic identity.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Ethnic relations. (OCoLC)fst00916005
Ethnicity. (OCoLC)fst00916034
Group identity. (OCoLC)fst00948442
West Africa. (OCoLC)fst01239521
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Keese, Alexander. Ethnicity and the colonial state. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016] 9789004307346 (DLC) 2015039288
ISBN 9789004307353 (electronic book)
9004307354 (electronic book)
9789004307346 (hardcover alkaline paper)
9004307346 (hardcover alkaline paper)
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