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People of the Zongo
The Transformation of Ethnic Identities in Ghana

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511865312

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  • Dr Schildkrout probes questions of ethnicity, religion, cultural change and the African national identity in this study of the immigrant community of Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city. She compares first- and second-generation immigrants - those born in their rural homelands, and those born in Ghana - in terms of their orientation to politics, to kinship, and to community participation. The author explores the meaning of ethnic identity for rural- and urban-born immigrants, and establishes certain generalizations about ethnicity based on these comparisons. The book discusses the issues of migration, particularly interregional migration; the position of the 'stranger'; questions of cultural change in modern Africa; the 'generational gap' in the African context; the questions of citizenship and national identity in Africa today, and the emergence of new identities, regional, national and religious. This book has importance not only as a local case study that gives a full description of West African urban life, but also as a theoretical reconsideration of ethnicity that has application outside the African context.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511865312
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, figures and maps
    Preface
    Glossary
    Part I. Ethnicity and Migration:
    1. Introduction: conceptual approaches to the study of ethnicity
    2. The Mossi: ethnicity in Voltaic society
    3. Migration and settlement of Mossi in Ghana
    Part II. Kinship and Community:
    4. The growth of the zongo community in Kumasi
    5. Ethnicity and the domestic context
    6. Ethnicity and the idiom of kinship
    7. Kinship and marriage in the second generation
    Part III. Politics and Change:
    8. The political history of the zongo community:
    1900–1970
    9. The social organization of the Mossi community
    10. Ethnicity, generational cleavages, and the political process
    11. Conclusion: ethnicity, cultural integration and social stratification
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Enid Schildkrout, Museum for African Art, New York

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