Pawnship in Africa: Debt Bondage in Historical Perspective

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Westview Press, 1994 - History - 341 pages
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Pawnship, a legal category of social and economic dependency, has been largely neglected in the historiography of Africa. Yet the labor of pawns - freeborn women, men and children indentured in payment of interest on a debt - was an important supplement to that of slaves in the precolonial and colonial eras and a substitute for slave labor in the twentieth century. This book examines the origins of pawnship; the economic factors that contributed to its spread; the ideological and institutional framework that supported pawnship; its organization; the experience of pawns; the role of class, gender, and age; changes under colonial rule; and the decline and extinction of pawnship.

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Pawning Politics and Matriliny in Northeastern
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On Pawning and Enslavement for Debt in
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Pawnship in Nembe Niger Delta Ebiegberi
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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial PrToyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. Hisofessor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include The Power of African Cultures (2003), Economi books include The Power of African Cultures (2003), Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945-1965 (2004) andc Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945-1965 (2004) and A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir (2004). A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir (2004).

Paul E. Lovejoy is a Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples and a member of the UNESCO 'Slave Route' Project. Lovejoy's recent publications include Repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade (2010) and Slavery, Islam and Diaspora (2009). He is the editor of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora for Africa World Press. He has received several awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling in 2007, the President's Research Award of Merit from York University in 2009 and the Distinguished Africanist Award from the University of Texas, Austin in 2010.

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