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Making History in Banda
Anthropological Visions of Africa's Past


Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037976


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  • Drawing on evidence from several disciplines, Ann Brower Stahl reconstructs the daily lives of Banda villagers of west central Ghana, from the time that they were drawn into the Niger trade (around AD 1300) until British overrule was established early in the twentieth century. The case study aims to closely integrate perspectives drawn from archaeology, history and anthropology in African studies.

    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach (covering anthropology, archaeology and history)
    • Concerned with the lived past and with the making of history in the present
    • Combines theoretical and methodological discussion with a robust case study
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    'Banda history from AD 1100 to the twentieth century, a time span that includes pre-colonial contact with northern trade routes, the introduction and expansion of European trade, the rise and fall of the Ashanti empire, and the military exploits of Samori. This is a must-read for students of Ghanian history. … Skilfully tacking back and forth between oral histories, archival sources, and archaeological data, Stahl delineates significant changes in the practices of daily life in Banda's past. Ultimately, the strength of the work lies in its conjoining of disparate lines of evidence to tie global politico-economic forces with local patterns of practices of taste, reproduction and production, and dwelling. … she keeps her sources in a productive tension and thereby arrives at a richly textured account of the socio-historical processes that shaped and continue to shape the making of the past in Banda.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037976
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 168 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.463kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 23 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of Plates
    List of tables
    1. Refracted visions of Africa's past
    2. Envisioning Africa's lived past
    3. The past in the present: history-making in Banda
    4. The political-economic context
    5. Local life in the context of the Niger trade c.1300–1700
    6. The changing social fields of Banda villagers c.1725–1825
    7. The changing social fields of Banda villagers c.1825–1925
    8. Reflections: historical anthropology and the construction of Africa's past

  • Author

    Ann Brower Stahl, State University of New York, Binghamton
    Ann B. Stahl is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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