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The Temne of Sierra Leone

The Temne of Sierra Leone
African Agency in the Making of a British Colony

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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107197985

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  • Much of the research and study of the formation of Sierra Leone focuses almost exclusively on the role of the so-called Creoles, or descendants of ex-slaves from Europe, North America, Jamaica, and Africa living in the colony. In this book, Joseph J. Bangura cuts through this typical narrative surrounding the making of the British colony, and instead offers a fresh look at the role of the often overlooked indigenous Temne-speakers. Bangura explores, however, the socio-economic formation, establishment, and evolution of Freetown, from the perspective of different Temne-speaking groups, including market women, religious figures, and community leaders and the complex relationships developed in the process. Examining key issues, such as the politics of belonging, African agency, and the creation of national identities, Bangura offers an account of Sierra Leone that sheds new perspectives on the social history of the colony.

    • Offers readers a new, alternate perspective of the development of the Sierra Leone colony in West Africa, shifting focusing on the role of non-Creole ethnic groups in the country
    • Challenges current literature by shifting focus on the foundation of Sierra Leone from a western-centric perspective to the contributions of rural intellectuals, ethnonationalists and Islamic elites
    • Examines contemporary concepts of identity politics, class and tribal conflicts in multi-ethnic African societies through a colonial and postcolonial lens
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    'Joseph J. Bangura, in a revisionist history of Sierra Leone, argues convincingly that African identities, such as Temne and Krio, were constructed and transformed in the dynamic interplay between Freetown and its rural hinterland. This compelling social history draws on a broad range of materials to analyze the contributions of farmers and traders, women and men, and Muslims and Christians in Sierra Leonean past.' John H. Hanson, Indiana University, Bloomington

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107197985
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical Epistemology:
    1. Introduction: rethinking history and Freetown historiography
    2. Frontiers of identity: the Creoles and the politics of belonging
    Part II. Beyond the Colonial Sphinx: African Agency in the Making of the Colony:
    3. Realpolitik and boundaries of power: the Temne in local administration
    4. Intergroup relations and genealogies of conflict: the Temne and Freetonian dichotomy
    Part III. Ethnocentrism and New Frames of Popular Culture:
    5. Temne cultural associations and popular representations
    6. Islamic triumphalism in a Christian colony: Temne Agency in the spread and Sierra Leonization of Islam
    7. From the margins to the center: the role of Temne market women traders
    8. Conclusion: nexus of microhistory: new perspective on the Colony's historical landscape

  • Author

    Joseph J. Bangura, Kalamazoo College, Michigan
    Joseph J. Bangura is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the African Studies Program at Kalamazoo College, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in African history from Dalhousie University, Canada and has published widely on the colonial history of Sierra Leone and Freetown.

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