Status And Identity In West Africa

Status and Identity in West Africa PDF
Author: David C. Conrad
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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"... the contributors to Status and Identity in West Africa have swept away the dust that has obscured the study of the societies of western Sudan and have made it possible to pursue the salutory work of decolonizing the history and sociology of these regions."Â -- American Ethnologist "This discussion is among the most significant contributions that African studies can make to the contemporary global dialogue on multicultural issues." -- Choice "It is 'must' reading for anyone who works in African literature today." -- Research in African Literatures "…an indispensable guide to understanding the producers of art in the Mande world, including the art of the spoken word. The writing and arguments are clear and jargon-free…it will provide a rich harvest of detailed original research…" -- African Arts "[This] book... is the most impressive effort to look at these groups in comparative perspective. The essays fit together nicely to challenge notions that came out of colonial scholarship." -- Journal of Interdisciplinary History "... the volume makes a significant contribution to the social history and ongoing processes of cultural pluralism in West Africa." -- Journal of Religion in Africa The nyamakalaw -- blacksmiths, potters, leather-workers, bards, and other artists and specialists among the Mande-speaking peoples of West Africa -- play powerful roles in Mande society. This book presents the first full portrait of one of Africa's most powerful and least understood social groups.


Ethno Archaeology In Jenn Mali

Ethno archaeology in Jenn    Mali PDF
Author: Adria La Violette
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 156
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An ethnoarchaeological study of the social and economic lives of three secialised producers based in Jenne, Mali: blacksmiths, potters and masons. These three were chosen for the long history of their existence and the wide variety of information they provide on, not only issues of production, workshops, social and economic networks and strategies, but also social status, the control of information and knowledge, gender, apprenticeship, and the movement of marriage partners. The authors fieldwork and experiences are then projected into the past to speculate on the situation in the Iron Age period whilst highlighting the obvious issues of representativeness.


African Arts

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Category : Art, African
Languages : en
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Paideuma

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Category : Civilization
Languages : en
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Index Islamicus

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Category : Africa, North
Languages : en
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The Masons Of Djenn

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Author: Trevor Hugh James Marchand
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Category : Architecture
Languages : en
Pages : 352
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'The Masons of Djenne' offers a uniquely personal account of the celebrated & distinctive architecture of Djenne in Mali. Trevor Marchand laboured with masons & their apprentices in order to understand their skills, their ethics & the technology behind the construction of mud brick buildings.


The Best Hand Is The Hand That Always Gives

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Author: Marloes Janson
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Category : Griots
Languages : en
Pages : 322
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Griottes (female bards) are a striking feature of Mandinka culture. They can be recognized by their flamboyant style of dressing and their sharp voices. Nevertheless, griottes have largely been neglected in scientific literature, while ample attention has been paid to griots (male bards). This book tries to fill the gap. Marloes Janson lived with the griottes from a Mandinka community in eastern Gambia for more than a year and was trained by them as an apprentice. From this perspective she describes the daily life and concerns of the griottes, their skills, their techniques for learning the profession, their means of subsistence, their relationships with the griots and their patrons. The main activity of griottes is daaniroo. When they set out for daaniroo, they praise their patrons, and in return they are rewarded with money or goods. This book shows that daaniroo is a highly controversial practice. It is sometimes considered a new development, while at the same time it fits in with the bardic tradition. Some patrons disapprove of daaniroo, yet they are dependent on it to have their prestige confirmed. Several Koranic scholars regard daaniroo as conflicting with Islam, while the griottes do their best to embed their activities in an Islamic discourse. By studying the gendered practice of daaniroo, the dynamics of female 'griotism' are demonstrated. (In English, 322 pp. incl. bibl.& index) 'A very fine achievement that gives scholars of Africa, performance, and gender much richness to build on.' - Caroline Bledsoe in: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 11, no. 4, Dec. 2005, pp.874-875.