State and Society in Pre-colonial Asante

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - History - 516 pages
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Scholarship on the West African kingdom of Asante is at the leading edge of Africanist research. In this book, T.C. McCaskie gives a detailed and richly nuanced historical portrait of precolonial Asante. His delineation of state and society in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is centred on an extended analysis of the crucial ritual of the annual Kumase odwira festival. It is at once a profound historical reconstruction of an African polity, and a deeply informed meditation on key Asante concepts and ideas. Throughout the book, the Asante experience is consistencly discussed in a relation to a broad range of historiography and critical theory.
 

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Contents

Varieties of the Asante past
1
Gramsci annalistes and others
4
Cultural practice and civil society
8
Asante historiography and its discontents II
12
Representation and other problems
19
Summary of contents
23
State and society in Asante history
25
ordering subsistence
26
Ideology knowledge belief
122
Islam and Christianity
135
Interpreting experience constructing history
142
Asante odwira experience interpreted history constructed
144
adaduanan nnapaa nnabone
151
nkyidwo to kwayawo
158
mono fie fomemene nwonakwasie
201
nkyidwo to afe
227

ordering differentiation
31
Conceptualizing accumulation and wealth
37
the abirempon
42
anatomies of power
49
the system ascendant c 17001840
58
the system undermined c 18401900
65
Society and state in Asante history
74
Kinship and state juxtaposed
75
Ideology and the bases of coercion and consent
82
citizens subjects slaves
88
preliminary remarks
102
abosom asumari akomfoo
108
Reflections
240
The Asante past considered
243
horizons of interpretation
248
ideology and inscription
263
Bowdichs The First Day of the Yam Custom
268
A glossary of some Asante Twi terms
272
Abbreviations used in the notes
319
Notes
321
Guide to sources and materials consulted
442
Index
474
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