By Carola Lentz & Paul Nugent (editors)
Even though African ethnicity has develop into a hugely fertile box of enquiry lately, lots of the examine is targeted on southern and primary Africa, and has handed Ghana by way of. This quantity extends some of the distilled insights, but additionally modifies them within the mild of the Ghanaian proof. the gathering is multidisciplinary in scope and spans the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial contexts. A vital rivalry of the quantity is that, whereas there have been major neighborhood diversifications, ethnicity was once no longer in basic terms a colonial 'invention'. the limits of 'we-groups' have consistently mutated from pre-colonial instances, whereas ecu categorization owed a lot to indigenous methods of seeing. The individuals discover the position of eu directors and recruitment officials in addition to African cultural agents in shaping new identities. The interplay of gender and ethnic cognizance is explicitly addressed. the amount additionally examines the formula of the nationwide query in Ghana at the present time - in debates over language coverage and conflicts over land and chieftaincy.
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They could still seek assistance from their mothers and their mothers' families to counterbalance the power of their patrilineages and clans, but such religious orders as Nyigbla and Yewe no longer existed as additional and powerful alternative sources of support. Weakened by the growth of Christianity and the expansion of colonial rule, tradi tional religion in general, and the Yewe and Nyigbla orders in particu lar, diminished over time in both popularity and power. This, in turn, reduced the number of potent alternatives available to young women who sought to defy those social norms that disadvantaged them.
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Women and ethnicity among the Anlo-Ewe 3 7 By the end of the nineteenth century Elias Quist had become a major economic power and respected figure in Anlo. This was the case in large part because of the support his order received from women who sought to challenge the way in which their families handled their marital affairs. This change in Quist's status - from that of simply an ethnic outsider to one of the most prominent figures in Anlo - under mined the prevailing norms that defined ethnic identity.