A cultural and social history of Ghana from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century : the Gold Coast in the age of trans-Atlantic slave trade
- Kea, Ray A.
- Lewiston, New York : Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.
- Physical description
- 2 v. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Part One: Texts. Chapter 1: Hans Lykke of Osu. Hermeneutics. A death-wish. Writing Hans Lykke. History continues. Noete/Note Doku. Klama and Kpele hermeneutics. Dominion. The Akwamu factor. The lumo and the company. The lumo as ma?nyo. Akwamu politics. Rebellion. A counter-narrative. Rebellion. Life and death. The idea of Hans Lykke
- Chapter 2. History, commerce, and texts. Texts and commerce. The ordering of things. Texts and Gold Coast history. Labor. Work as a condition of life. A mason's imagination. History as critique. The question of the present. Identifying the authors. An historical imagination. Imaginaries. The imaginative dimension in history. Counter-factual yearning
- Part Two: Service. Chapter 3: The company's servant: Sodsha Duomoro. Social and trading capital. Biography and Atlantic slaving. A cognitive and social order. A politics of location. The son of a famous man. Household property. Working for the company. Cultural and symbolic capital. Values and meanings. The aesthetics and metaphysics of power. The cultural domain of Coutymer. The politics of property. A life in the eighteenth century
- Part Three: Resistance. Chapter 4: Subalterns and social struggle. Rethinking what we know. "History to the defeated". Social transcripts. Places of sanctuary. Subalterns. "Plundering on the general road". Unmastered men. "His master should never get another day's work out of him". Social inversion. Liminality and history. Agency and the terrain of social struggle
- Chapter 5: A rebel and an abolitionist. "Giving import to lives on the margins". Atlantic slaving and historical agency. Kwasi the blacksmith and rebel. Mutiny in Christiansborg castle. Plotting rebellion on St. Croix. A life of defeat. ''Life is fury''. Life in Edwumako-Asene. Enslavement. Confronting history in the idea of abolition. The modernity of the unimaginable.
- Publisher's Summary
- This study examines the African side of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and proposes a new approach to an understanding of early Atlantic and Gold Coast modernity. The thematic framework allows the study to pursue cultural, material, social, and biographical lines that intersected the inter-connections of Gold Coast urbanism and Atlantic mercantile circuits within a world-economy context. The thematic framework of this book allows the study to pursue cultural, material, social, and biographical lines that intersected the inter-connections of Gold Coast urbanism and Atlantic mercantile circuits within a world-economy context. Based on a close examination of archival documents, published oral histories and traditions, and the data of archaeological fieldwork, the work considers the broader empirical and theoretical implications of these relationships. The Gold Coast urbanization process was closely tied to an expanding Atlantic World mercantile economy and its slave trade and this process was defined by modes of commodity circulation and mercantile accumulation as well as by social forms of consciousness and identity and public and hidden discourses. The study engages the historical phenomenology of the Gold Coast urban by presenting biographical profiles and the self-activity of named individuals (ranging in status from slaves to merchants and rulers) and social groups (from brigands to priests) who pursued their beliefs, thoughts, imaginaries, and motivations in dynamic cultural, moral, political, and symbolic economies.
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- Publication date
- Ray A. Kea ; with a foreword by Ivor Wilks.
- Title Variation
- Gold Coast in the age of trans-Atlantic slave trade