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Title:Asafo history
Editors:Hernaes, PerISNI
Addo-Fening, R.ISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-191X)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:popular participation
armed forces
Abstract:The Asafo History Programme started in July 1996 within the framework of an ongoing programme of cooperation between the University of Ghana, Legon, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Its focus is multidisciplinary research on the role of Asafo companies as a form of community organization and popular protest in both historical and comparative perspective. Leitmotif is the following series of questions: If the Asafo is an institution of long standing which represents a basic and continuous principle of community organization and mobilization and which has served as a 'democratic', popular 'tradition of resistance' to autocratic power, how can its genesis, diffusion, and historical development be explained? How did it adapt to fundamental political and social changes? What was its significance in the colonial period? What was its impact on the struggle for independence? What role can it play in contemporary socioeconomic and political development in Ghana? The nine articles in this issue of 'Transactions', introduced by Per Hernaes, are revised versions of papers presented at annual workshops organized by the Asafo History Programme. They provide case studies of the Asafo in different contexts (Akyem Abuakwa, Ewe, Nchumuru, Cape Coast, Ga, Fante) and the use of oaths ('ntam') in conflicts. Contributions by Robert Addo-Fening, Abraham Akrong, Kofi Baku, Barfuo Abayie Boaten I, N.J.K. Brukum, Kwame Amoah Labi, Kwaku Nti, Brigid M. Sackey, Esi Sutherland-Addy. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]