Doing Conceptual History in Africa

Doing Conceptual History in Africa

We must bear these thoughts in mind when returning to Ranger's statement: '
Conceptual history is ... the difficult study of ideas of causation'. Conclusion In
Doing Conceptual History in Africa, we adhere to a view of temporality that goes ...

Author: Axel Fleisch

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781785339523

Category: History

Page: 258

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Employing an innovative methodological toolkit, Doing Conceptual History in Africa provides a refreshingly broad and interdisciplinary approach to African historical studies. The studies assembled here focus on the complex role of language in Africa’s historical development, with a particular emphasis on pragmatics and semantics. From precolonial dynamics of wealth and poverty to the conceptual foundations of nationalist movements, each contribution strikes a balance between the local and the global, engaging with a distinctively African intellectual tradition while analyzing the regional and global contexts in which categories like “work,” “marriage,” and “land” take shape.
Categories: History

Doing Conceptual History in Africa

Doing Conceptual History in Africa

Employing an innovative methodological toolkit, Doing Conceptual History in Africa provides a refreshingly broad and interdisciplinary approach to African historical studies.

Author: Axel Fleisch

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781785339523

Category: History

Page: 258

View: 589

Employing an innovative methodological toolkit, Doing Conceptual History in Africa provides a refreshingly broad and interdisciplinary approach to African historical studies. The studies assembled here focus on the complex role of language in Africa’s historical development, with a particular emphasis on pragmatics and semantics. From precolonial dynamics of wealth and poverty to the conceptual foundations of nationalist movements, each contribution strikes a balance between the local and the global, engaging with a distinctively African intellectual tradition while analyzing the regional and global contexts in which categories like “work,” “marriage,” and “land” take shape.
Categories: History

Conceptual History in the European Space

Conceptual History in the European Space

... 2013); and for African countries, see Axel Fleisch and Rhiannon Stephens (eds
), Doing Conceptual History in Africa (New York: Berghahn Books, 2016).
Reinhart Koselleck, 'Begriffsgeschichte and Social History', in idem, Futures Past:
On ...

Author: Willibald Steinmetz

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781785334832

Category: History

Page: 320

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The result of extensive collaboration among leading scholars from across Europe, Conceptual History in the European Space represents a landmark intervention in the historiography of concepts. It brings together ambitious thematic studies that combine the pioneering methods of historian Reinhart Koselleck with contemporary insights and debates, each one illuminating a key feature of the European conceptual landscape. With clarifying overviews of such contested theoretical terrain as translatability, spatiality, and center-periphery dynamics, it also provides indispensable contextualization for an era of widespread disenchantment with and misunderstanding of the European project.
Categories: History

The House of Tshatshu

The House of Tshatshu

Mager, A. K., 'Tracking the concept “Work” on the north-eastern Cape frontier,
South Africa' in Axel Fleisch and Rhiannon Stephens (eds), Doing Conceptual
History in Africa (Stockholm: Berghahn Books, 2016), pp.73–90. Mager, A. K., '
Does ...

Author: Anne Kelk Mager

Publisher: Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd

ISBN: 9781775822257

Category: History

Page: 280

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In rural South Africa today, there are signs that chieftaincies are resurging after having been disbanded in colonial times. Among these is the amaTshatshu of the Eastern Cape, which was dis-established in 1852 by the British, and recognised once more under the democratic ANC dispensation, in 2003. Bawana, leader of the amaTshatshu, was the first Thembu chief to cross the Kei River, in the mid-1820s, to open up the northeastern frontier of the Cape Colony. His successors and followers fought the British in the frontier wars but were defeated. In tracing his history and that of his descendants this book explores the meaning of chieftainship in South Africa—at the time of colonial conquest, under apartheid’s bantustans, and now, post apartheid. It illustrates not only the story of a beleaguered and dispossessed people but also the ways in which power is constructed. In addition, it is about gender and land, about belonging, identity and naming. The book unsettles accounts of chiefly authority, unpacks conflicts between royal families, municipalities and government departments, and explores the impasse created by these quarrels. It retrieves evidence that the colonial state sought to obliterate and draws the disempowered back into the process of making history. The authors are both closely associated with the land and the people of the amaTshatshu. One is a historian, who grew up on their land, and the other is counsellor to the chief. As such, they bring their knowledge and respective skills to bear in this book. The collaboration of a black and a white author sets up a creative tension which animates the text and is a powerful element of the book.
Categories: History

Historical Memory in Africa

Historical Memory in Africa

This volume explores the inner dynamics of memory in all its variations, from its most destructive and divisive impact to its remarkable potential to heal and reconcile.

Author: Mamadou Diawara

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1845456521

Category: History

Page: 248

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This volume explores the inner dynamics of memory in all its variations, from its most destructive and divisive impact to its remarkable potential to heal and reconcile. It addresses issues on both the conceptual and the pragmatic level and its theoretical observations and reflections are informed by first-hand experiences ...
Categories: History

Slavery in Africa

Slavery in Africa

This collection of sixteen short papers, together with a complex and very much longer introductory essay by the editors on "African 'Slavery' as an Institution of Marginality," constitutes an impressive attempt by anthropologists and ...

Author: Suzanne Miers

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299073343

Category: History

Page: 474

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This collection of sixteen short papers, together with a complex and very much longer introductory essay by the editors on "African 'Slavery' as an Institution of Marginality," constitutes an impressive attempt by anthropologists and historians to explore, describe, and analyze some of the various kinds of human bondage within a number of precolonial African societies. It is important to note that in spite of the precolonial emphasis of the volume, all of the essays are based at least partly on anthropological or ethnohistorical field research carried out since 1959. All but one have been augmented greatly by more conventional historical research in published as well as archival sources. And although the volume's focus is upon the structures and conditions of servitude within the several African societies described, many of the essays illustrate, and some discuss, the conceptual as well as the practical difficulties of separating the institutions and customs of "domestic" African slavery from those of the European dominated commercial slave trade in which many of the societies participated. -- from JSTOR http://www.jstor.org (May 24, 2013).
Categories: History

The Cambridge History of Africa

The Cambridge History of Africa

The conceptual framework for the history of Upper Guinea prior to about 1450
must inevitably therefore be one in which this region lay wide open to the receipt
of influences from the great Mande and Muslim powers in its hinterland .

Author: J. D. Fage

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521209811

Category: History

Page: 818

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Specialists in various aspects of African history and civilization contribute to an integrated portrait of internal and foreign influences on the course of Africa's development
Categories: History

The Kongo Kingdom

The Kongo Kingdom

A unique and forward-thinking book that sheds new light on the origins, dynamics, and cosmopolitan culture of the Kongo Kingdom from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Author: Koen Bostoen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108474184

Category: Art

Page: 334

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A unique and forward-thinking book that sheds new light on the origins, dynamics, and cosmopolitan culture of the Kongo Kingdom from a cross-disciplinary perspective.
Categories: Art

A History of Theatre in Africa

A History of Theatre in Africa

Indigenous para-dramatic performance Any history of theatre in an African region
must stumble against the conceptual boulder ofindigenous performing arts.
These arts form the bedrock of attitudes and practices on which modern theatre is
 ...

Author: Martin Banham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139451499

Category: Drama

Page: 478

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This book aims to offer a broad history of theatre in Africa. The roots of African theatre are ancient and complex and lie in areas of community festival, seasonal rhythm and religious ritual, as well as in the work of popular entertainers and storytellers. Since the 1950s, in a movement that has paralleled the political emancipation of so much of the continent, there has also grown a theatre that comments back from the colonized world to the world of the colonists and explores its own cultural, political and linguistic identity. A History of Theatre in Africa offers a comprehensive, yet accessible, account of this long and varied chronicle, written by a team of scholars in the field. Chapters include an examination of the concepts of 'history' and 'theatre'; North Africa; Francophone theatre; Anglophone West Africa; East Africa; Southern Africa; Lusophone African theatre; Mauritius and Reunion; and the African diaspora.
Categories: Drama

History in Africa

History in Africa

There are data to understand certain crafts industries such as textiles , pottery ,
food processing , food preservation , and the making of tools . The problem may
be how to relate the descriptive analysis on these to both conceptual history and
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105070447987

Category: Africa

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Categories: Africa

Justifying Interventions in Africa

Justifying Interventions in Africa

The notionof selfgovernment cantherefore be said to be directly
connectedtotheideaof ownership, evenif asa concept it ... A conceptual history:
Capacitybuilding's way to peace operations The conceptof capacitybuilding is
continually evolving, ...

Author: N. Wilén

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230374966

Category: Political Science

Page: 225

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This new paperback edition of Justifying Interventions in Africa includes a new preface written by Professor Annika Björkdahl from Lund University. Analysing the UN interventions in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo, Wilén poses the question of how one can stabilize a state through external intervention without destabilizing sovereignty. She critically examines the justifications for international and regional interventions through a social constructivist framework.
Categories: Political Science

Conceptualizing Re Conceptualizing Africa

Conceptualizing Re Conceptualizing Africa

The Construction of African Historical Identity Maghan Keita. Portuguese
Conceptual Categories and the “Other”. Encounter on the Swahili Coast JEREMY
PRESTHOLDT” ABSTRACT This article demonstrates some of the conceptual ...

Author: Maghan Keita

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004124209

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Africa is a legitimizing factor in the world: some might argue because of the weakness of its position in the world; others might say because of the realization on the part of some African leaders that there are strengths inherent to their states' positions that can be tapped. Africa s place in the world is being re-thought and re-shaped. And that is exactly what this book is about: the authors invite and incite the reader to a much closer and nuanced reading of Africa and its history, and the way in which that history, over time and space allows for a re-conceptualization of Africa s role and place in the world. The authors evoke W.E.B. Du Bois on the invention of identity in the modern world. In that light, these works remind us, as Du Bois would, that the current invention of Africa is indeed a modern one; an identity configured in numerous ways, with and without our interventions. Contributions by Lamont de Haven King (State and Ethnicity in Nigeria), Jesse Benjamin (Nubians and Nabateans), Jeremy Prestholdt (Portuguese on the Swahili Coast), Thomas Ricks (Slaves in Shi i Iran, AD 1500-1900) Launay Robert (Late-Seventeenth Century Narratives of Travel to Asia) and Richard J. Payne and Cassandra Veney (Taiwan and Africa)
Categories: Social Science

Emmanuel Levinas Conceptual Affinities with Liberation Theology

Emmanuel Levinas  Conceptual Affinities with Liberation Theology

Liberation theology rescues Levinas ' thought and bears witness to it in the real
time of history through the concept of ... to the neighbor calls on each African and
/ or African political leader to do what no one else can do for them : to bear the ...

Author: Alain Mayama

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 143310654X

Category: Religion

Page: 233

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Emmanuel Levinas' Conceptual Affinities with Liberation Theology analyzes Levinas' work in relation to two important liberation theologians, Gustavo Gutiérrez and Jon Sobrino, whose scholarship, like his, needs to be brought into greater contemporary debate about the subject's encounter with the other. More specifically, this book argues that for Levinas, Gutiérrez, and Sobrino, commitment to the neighbor is the necessary context for «understanding» God. They posit the human other as the possibility of the subject's subjectivity. To be human is to act with love toward one's neighbor. Thus, the author articulates the possibility of reading Levinas' philosophy as a revalidation of one of the truths of Christianity: the concern for the humanity of every human person as expressed in Christian theology in general and liberation theology in particular. In order to show the relevance of Levinas' philosophy for Christian theology in general, the author discusses three Christian scholars, Enrique Dussel, Jean-Luc Marion, and Michael Purcell. Although they challenge some aspects of Levinas' philosophy, they nevertheless see its significance for Christian theological anthropology. The discussion concludes by proposing Levinas' philosophy and liberation theology's turn to the neighbor as significant for addressing contemporary socio-political and ethnic conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa.
Categories: Religion

The Making of the Africa nation

The Making of the Africa nation

Afro-Arab relations : co-operation or conflict?. 5. Africa-nation, Pan-Africanism and the African renaissance : alternative guideposts. 6. General conclusions. A list of the contributions is available in the full-text area of this record.

Author: Mammo Muchie

Publisher: Adonis & Abbey Publishers

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113671312

Category: History

Page: 398

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Introduction. 2. Conceptual and theoretical issues. 3. Africa-nation, Pan-Africanism and the African renaissance : issues, challenges and prospects. 4. Afro-Arab relations : co-operation or conflict?. 5. Africa-nation, Pan-Africanism and the African renaissance : alternative guideposts. 6. General conclusions. A list of the contributions is available in the full-text area of this record.
Categories: History

The Making of a Mediterranean Emirate

The Making of a Mediterranean Emirate

Any book about medieval north Africa, and this one is no exception, confronts at
least two sets of related problems ... interpretation incorporate multiple layers of
conceptual difficulties. second, so do the historical sources. in both cases, the ...

Author: Ramzi Rouighi

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081220462X

Category: History

Page: 248

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The thirteenth century marks a turning point in the history of the western Mediterranean. The armies of Castile and Aragon won significant and decisive victories over Muslims in Iberia and took over a number of important cities including Cordoba, Seville, Jaen, and Murcia. Chased out of their native cities, a large number of Andalusis migrated to Ifrīqiyā in northern Africa. There, a newly founded Hafsid dynasty (1229-1574) welcomed members of the Andalusi elite and showered them with honors and high positions at court. While historians have tended to conceive of Ifrīqiyā as a region ruled by the Hafsids, Ramzi Rouighi argues in The Making of a Mediterranean Emirate that the Andalusis who joined the Hafsid court supported economic arrangements and political relationships that effectively prevented regional integration from taking place during this period. Rouighi examines an array of documentary, literary, and legal sources to argue that Ifrīqiyā was integrated neither politically nor economically and that, consequently, it was not a region in a meaningful sense. Through a close reading of narrative sources, especially historical chronicles, Rouighi further argues that the emergence in the late fourteenth century of the political ideology of Emirism accounts for the representation of the rule of the Hafsid dynasty over cities as its rule over the whole of Ifrīqiyā. Setting the activities of Andalusis such as the celebrated historian Ibn Khaldūn (1332-1406) in relation to specific political, economic, and intellectual developments in Ifrīqiyā, The Making of a Mediterranean Emirate proposes a counter to the dynastic-centric view of the period that pervades medieval sources and continues to inform most modern generalizations about the Maghrib and the Mediterranean.
Categories: History

Making History in Banda

Making History in Banda

Africa's. lived. past. For centuries Europeans accessed their past through the
Other's present. The yawning expanse of deep ... We require new conceptual
tools and approaches that follow the direction of the problem (Guyer : ).

Author: Ann Brower Stahl

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139428861

Category: Social Science

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Drawing on evidence from several disciplines, Ann Brower Stahl reconstructs the daily lives of Banda villagers of west central Ghana, from the time that they were drawn into the Niger trade (around AD 1300) until British overrule was established early in the twentieth century. The case study aims to closely integrate perspectives drawn from archaeology, history and anthropology in African studies.
Categories: Social Science

Themes in Religion and Human Security in Africa

Themes in Religion and Human Security in Africa

This book reflects on major themes present at the interface between religion and human security in Africa.

Author: Joram Tarusarira

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000172379

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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This book reflects on major themes present at the interface between religion and human security in Africa. It probes the extent to which religion is both a threat to and a resource for human security in Africa by examining specific issues occurring across the continent. A team of contributors from across Africa provide valuable reflections on the conceptualisation and applicability of the concept of human security in the context of religion in Africa. Chapters highlight how themes such as knowledge systems, youth, education, race, development, sacred texts, the media, sexual diversity, health and others have implications for individual and group security. In order to bring these themes into perspective, chapters in the first section reflect on the conceptual, historical and contextual factors at play. The chapters that follow demonstrate the theories put forward by means of case studies from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Botswana and Ghana that look at African religion, Islam and Christianity. This is a detailed and informative volume that provides new insights into the discourse on religion and human security. As such, it will be of significant use to any scholar of Religion and Violence, Religion in Africa and Religious Studies, as well as African and Security Studies more generally.
Categories: Religion

The African Diaspora and the Disciplines

The African Diaspora and the Disciplines

aFrICana. art. HIstory. Moyo. Okediji. For. every successful michael jordan,
mohammed ali, or o. j. simpson, there are hordes of young ... be made about
african art scholarship, which seems to have failed to draw the brightest minds in
analytical and conceptual criticism. ... the west to embrace indigenous african
sources primed to present the master's stories only. do we therefore need new
symmetrical ...

Author: Tejumola Olaniyan

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253354648

Category: History

Page: 363

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Focusing on the problems and conflicts of doing African diaspora research from various disciplinary perspectives, these essays situate, describe, and reflect on the current practice of diaspora scholarship. Tejumola Olaniyan, James H. Sweet, and the international group of contributors assembled here seek to enlarge understanding of how the diaspora is conceived and explore possibilities for the future of its study. With the aim of initiating interdisciplinary dialogue on the practice of African diaspora studies, they emphasize learning from new perspectives that take advantage of intersections between disciplines. Ultimately, they advocate a fuller sense of what it means to study the African diaspora in a truly global way.
Categories: History

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology

... of research are all valuable to the overall project of investigating African history
and Africa's historic role in the world. ... is frequently hobbled by conceptual
misunderstandings in both directions, as researchers working in Africa do not
take ...

Author: Peter Mitchell

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191626159

Category: Social Science

Page: 1080

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Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.
Categories: Social Science

African Studies Review

African Studies Review

Contested Boundaries : African Studies Approaching the Millennium . ” African
Studies ... Africa Works : Disorder as Political Instrument . Oxford ... Conceptual
History , Social History and Cultural History : The Test of ' Cosmopolitism . ” In I .
H ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000092481948

Category: Africa

Page:

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Categories: Africa