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Title:Grandfathers, Grandsons, Morality, and Radical Politics in Late Colonial Buganda
Author:Summers, Carol
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:Buganda polity
Ganda (Uganda)
action groups
colonial history
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Under an administration that worked through an alliance between the elite of the Buganda kingdom and a British superstructure (the Protectorate of Uganda), that viewed Baganda as subjects of the 'kabaka' (king of Buganda) and the Protectorate, 'Bataka' activists declared themselves grandparents and grandchildren to proclaim themselves as citizens and active participants in a more democratic polity. In Buganda, the 'bataka', or clans, constituted a hereditary structure that counterbalanced the power of the king and his chiefs. During the 1940s, the name Bataka came to refer to those who sought to reimagine and redirect British and Ganda policies in radical ways. Following definitions of Baganda clan relationships and the meaning of the terms 'grandfather' and 'grandson' (not necessarily biological), the author shows that, when the normative anthropological discussions of grandfather/grandchild relations are juxtaposed to the political rhetoric of the 1940s, Ganda normative ideas of family - rooted in clan and reinforced by ritual and practical webs of connections between grandparents and grandchildren - were active in Ganda radicals' political imagination. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]