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Title:Changing Representations in Central African History
Author:MacGaffey, Wyatt
Year:2005
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:46
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:189-207
Language:English
Geographic term:Central Africa
Subjects:historiography
kinship
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=461785911368A962EEDC
Abstract:This article examines how historiography makes its objects and includes critical reflections on the epistemological frames that have shaped historical representations of Central African States and social structures. The article examines the seductive quality of migration narratives; mythical features of some classical models, creating order from reduced totalities; historiographic burdens imposed by questionable anthropological models of kinship and matrilineal descent; and asks if the prevalence of dual regimes of priest and king is a product more of ideology than history. The article argues for increasing recognition of the value in political studies of data relating to religion and art. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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