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Title:Bankoe V. Dome: Traditions and Petitions in the Ho-Asogli Amalgamation, British Mandated Togoland, 1919-39
Author:Lawrance, Benjamin N.
Year:2005
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:46
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:243-267
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
British Togoland
Subjects:Ewe
colonial administration
chieftaincy
indirect rule
1920-1929
1930-1939
colonialism
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=47A697266D0B775341D2
Abstract:This article investigates Ewe engagement with British administrative policy via the story of a chieftaincy dispute in Ho, British Mandated Togoland, that erupted when Britain attempted to amalgamate two neighbouring chieftaincies, Ho-Dome and Ho-Bankoe, by deploying a model with an 'ethnic stamp', that of the neighbouring Akan states. Colonial-era chieftaincy has received substantial scholarly attention. This article argues that the relationship between the models deployed to reorganize chiefly power and the roles of protagonists is just as significant as the layered conflicts within chieftaincies and their respective clans. Two responses to 'Akanized' amalgamation are investigated: the petitions of its opponents, and the rituals developed by chiefs, priests and peasants to herald the amalgamations. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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