By T. C. McCaskie
An account of the lifetime of a Ghanaian village in the course of a century of tumultuous swap, this examine can also be a richly textured microhistory and an exploration of the meanings of background and modernity in an African context. The years 1850-1950 witnessed numerous momentous and transformative advancements in Asante background, together with British annexation and colonial overrule. In Asante Identities,
T. C. McCaskie offers a nuanced learn of this period 'from below,' targeting the standard lives of commoners in Adeebeba, an self sufficient village that used to be engulfed by means of the growth of town of Kumase within the twentieth century. He tells this tale during the phrases of the villagers themselves, drawing on existence histories accrued by means of the Ashanti Social Survey within the Nineteen Forties.
McCaskie presents a deep cultural analyzing that levels over problems with selfhood and group and their influence at the colonial adventure. His dialogue touches on questions of identification, trust, strength, funds, rights, tasks, gender, sexuality, and masses extra. the result's a e-book compelling in either its historic element and its analytic sophistication.