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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Reconfiguring slavery: West African trajectories
Editor:Rossi, BenedettaISNI
Year:2009
Issue:2
Pages:237
Language:English
Series:Liverpool studies in international slavery
City:Liverpool
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
ISBN:9781846311994
Geographic terms:West Africa
Benin
Cameroon
Gambia
Ghana
Mauritania
Niger
Senegal
Subjects:slavery
slaves
freedmen
social status
conference papers (form)
2007
Abstract:This collective volume focuses on the range of trajectories followed by slavery as an institution following the abolition of the slave trade, and the continuing, multifaceted strategies that descendants of both owners and slaves have developed to make use of their forebears' social positions, or to distance themselves from them. The ideas presented were first discussed at an international conference held at the London School of Oriental and African Studies in May 2007 and organized in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies of the University of London. The essays are: Introduction: rethinking slavery in West Africa (Benedetta Rossi); Slave descent and social status in Sahara and Sudan (French West Africa) (Martin A. Klein); African American psychologists, the Atlantic slave trade and Ghana: a history of the present (Tom McCaskie): After abolition: metaphors of slavery in the political history of the Gambia (Alice Bellagamba); Islamic patronage and republican emancipation: the slaves of the Almaami in the Senegal River Valley (Senegal) (Jean Schmitz); Curse and blessing: on post-slavery modes of perception and agency in Benin (Christine Hardung); Contemporary trajectories of slavery in Haalpulaar society (Mauritania) (Olivier Leservoisier); Slavery and politics: stigma, decentralisation and political representation in Niger and Benin (Eric Komlavi Hahonou); Slavery and migration: social and physical mobility in Ader (Niger) (Benedetta Rossi); Discourses on slavery: reflections on forty years of research (Cameroon, Trinidad) (Philip Burnham). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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