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Movements, borders, and identities in Africa /
edited by Toyin Falola and Aribidesi Usman.
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Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, c2009.
description
x, 318 p. : ill.
ISBN
1580462960 (alk. paper), 9781580462969 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, c2009.
isbn
1580462960 (alk. paper)
9781580462969 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6835346
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-03-01:
This interdisciplinary collection of 14 essays challenges the pervasive stereotype that Africans live in tribes, which are ancient and static. As the editors point out, origin stories, which are essentially about migration, are common throughout Africa. Africanists often divide communities into "hosts" and "strangers"; however, as is noted in this volume, "all residents are from somewhere else." Beginning with the migration of Homo erectus out of the African homeland, the introduction surveys the impact of the migrations of Bantu-speaking peoples and Islam, with its call to pilgrimage and a tradition of mobile merchants. Under European rule, the establishment of borders that cut across ethnic lines did not end migratory movements, but did make them more challenging. In the postcolonial period, movements of people continue. In the popular media (and imagination), "African migration" typically conjures images of the transatlantic, or the tragic journeys of economic migrants on small, overcrowded boats, or of the "brain drain." In each of these cases, the movement is from Africa to the West. This volume highlights the crossings and making of borders and identities within Africa. A wonderful volume for collections in African studies and history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries. A. Ejikeme Trinity University
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Summaries
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Using oral, archaeological, and written sources, and focusing on various geographical areas, the contributors show that migration is a multifaceted phenomenon, historically varied in nature and character.
Main Description
A groundbreaking interrogation of the myriad causes and effects of African migration, from the pre-colonial to the modern era.
Main Description
Migration, whether forced or voluntary, continues to be an issue vital to Africa, arguably the continent most affected by internal displacement. Over centuries, in groups or as individuals, Africans have been forced to leave their homes to escape unfavorable natural, social, or political circumstances, or simply to seek better lives elsewhere. This essential volume establishes the centrality of human migration and movement to the evolution of African societies. Using oral, archaeological, and written sources, and focusing on various geographical areas, the contributors show that migration is a multifaceted phenomenon, historically varied in nature and character. Movements, Borders, and Identities in Africa incorporates carefully selected case studies drawn from across the continent, and provides a broad but insightful overview of migration and its complex relationships to slavery, commerce, religion, architecture, material culture, poverty, diaspora life and identity formation, and the development of states and societies on the continent. Taken as a whole, this collection offers a groundbreaking interrogation of the myriad causes and effects of African migration, from the pre-colonial to the modern era. Contributors: Edmund Abaka, Maurice Amutabi, Toyin Falola, Ghislaine Geloin, Issiaka Mande, Jean-Luc Martineau, Pius S. Nyambara, Akinwumi Ogundiran, Adisa Ogunfolakan, Olatunji Ojo, Brigitte Kowalski Oshineye, Meshack Owino, Gerald Steyn, and Aribidesi Usman. Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History and Distinuished Teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Aribidesi Usman is associate professor of African and African American studies and anthropology at Arizona State University.
Main Description
Study of slavery and its legacy in Nigeria from 19c through colonialism to independence and after.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Migrations in African History: An Introductionp. 1
State Formation and Migration Crossroads
Frontier Migrations and Cultural Transformations in the Yoruba Hinterland, ca. 1575-1700: The Case of Upper Osunp. 37
The Root Is Also Here: The Nondiaspora Foundations of Yoruba Ethnicityp. 53
Settlement Strategies, Ceramic Use, and Factors of Change among the People of Northeast Osun State, Nigeriap. 81
Precolonial Regional Migration and Settlement Abandonment in Yorubaland, Nigeriap. 99
Migrations, Identities, and Transculturation in the Coastal Cities of Yorubaland in the Second Half of the Second Millennium: An Approach to African History through Architecturep. 126
Movements and Identities
Squatting and Settlement Making in Mamelodi, South Africap. 153
"Scattering Time": Anticolonial Resistance and Migration among the Jo-Ugenya of Kenya toward the End of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 166
Traders, Slaves, and Soldiers: The Hausa Diaspora in Ghana (Gold Coast and Asante) in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuriesp. 185
Ethnic Identities and the Culture of Modernity in a Frontier Region: The Gokwe District of Northwestern Zimbabwe, 1963-79p. 200
Displacement, Migration, and the Curse of Borders in Francophone West Africap. 226
Shifting Identities among Nigerian Yoruba in Dahomey and the Republic of Benin (1940s-2004)p. 238
Identity, "Foreign-ness," and the Dilemma of Immigrants at the Coast of Kenya: Interrogating the Myth of "Black Arabs" among Kenyan Africansp. 261
Labor Market Constraints and Competition in Colonial Africa: Migrant Workers, Population, and Agricultural Production in Upper Volta, 1920-32p. 285
List of Contributorsp. 305
Indexp. 309
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