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Introduction

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Far-reaching political, social, and cultural transformations have taken place since the end of the nineteenth century in North-Western Ghana, a region which in the pre-colonial period was neither ... More


Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Carola Lentz

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This book draws on two decades of research and provides a social and political history of North-Western Ghana. It traces the creation of new ethnic and territorial boundaries, categories and forms of ... More


The Cultural Work of Ethnicity

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

In the summer of 1989, a ‘Dagara family meeting’ was held for two days to celebrate and to reflect on Dagara culture and history. Topics ranged from traditional religion to initiation rituals, ... More


The Introduction of Chieftaincy

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Britain put the Northern Territories under its control in order to prevent European rivals from establishing themselves along the trade routes from Kumasi to the north. As part of their pacification ... More


Decolonisation and Local Government Reform

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This chapter explores how local and national politics intertwined in North-Western Ghana during the decolonisation period, and considers the complex interplay between elements of continuity and ... More


‘Light Over The Volta’: The Mission of The White Fathers

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

Since 1929, the White Fathers had converted thousands of men and women from North-Western Ghana and the neighbouring French colony to Catholicism. Today, Dagara and Dagaba bishops officiate in three ... More


Epilogue

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

The December 2004 presidential and parliamentary elections saw the candidates of the National Democratic Congress, the once ruling but now oppositional party, win a clear majority in the North, ... More


The Lawra Confederacy Native Authority

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

The tribes in North-Western Ghana, as defined by Britain, never developed into political communities, and all attempts to make chiefdoms and ‘tribes’ coincide had failed. The native states were not ... More


The Discursive Creation of Ethnicity

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This chapter focuses on the British creation of ethnicity in North-Western Ghana and the colonial ‘invention’ of ethnic names, stereotypes, and tribal histories. Discussing the changing conditions ... More


‘The Time When Politics Came’: Party Politics and Local Conflict

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

In January 1955, Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah visited the Lawra District. Shortly after this visit, the already problematic relations between the Nandom Naa and the Lambussie Kuoro, as well as those ... More


The North-West in the Nineteenth Century

Lentz Carola

in Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624010
eISBN:
9780748652969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

In the pre-colonial period, the dominant reality of the Black Volta region was the existence of small, relatively mobile groups of relatives, overlapping networks, and flexible boundaries. Because ... More


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