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Title:Ethnic ambiguity and the African past: materiality, history, and the shaping of cultural identities
Editors:Richard, François G.ISNI
MacDonald, Kevin C.ISNI
Series:Publications of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London
City of publisher:Walnut Creek, CA
Publisher:Left Coast Press, Inc
ISBN:1629580074; 9781629580074; 9781629580098; 9781629580104
Geographic terms:West Africa
Central Africa
East Africa
ethnic identity
cultural history
social change
Abstract:The collective inquiries in this volume address ethnicity in ancient Africa as a social fact and a political artifact along numerous dimensions. Eleven authors engage with contemporary anthropological, historical and archaeological perspectives to examine how ideas of self-understanding, belonging, and difference in Africa were made and unmade. They examine how these intersect with other salient domains of social experience: states, landscapes, discourses, memory, technology, politics, and power. The various chapters cover broad geographic and temporal ground, following an arc across Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and East Africa, spanning from prehistory to the colonial period. Contents: From invention to ambiguity: the persistence of ethnicity in Africa (François G. Richard and Kevin C. MacDonald); Shapen signs: pottery techniques, indexicality, and ethnic identity in the Saalum, Senegambia (c. 1700-1950) (Cameron Gokee); 'The very embodiment of the black peasant?': archaeology, history, and the making of the Seereer of Siin (Senegal) (François G. Richard); 'A chacun son Bambara,' encore une fois: history, archaeology and Bambara origins (Kevin C. MacDonald); The uses of the past: indigenous ethnography, archaeology and ethnicity in Nigeria (Roger Blench); What was the Wandala State and who are the Wandala? (Scott MacEachern); Who's who? The case of the Luba (Pierre de Maret and Alexandre Livingstone Smith); Political and theoretical problems for the archaeological identification of pre-colonial Twa, Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda (John Giblin); Ethnicity, archaeological ceramics and changing paradigms in East African archaeology (Paul J. Lane); Ethnic ambiguity: a cultural evolutionary perspective (Stephen J. Shennan). [ASC Leiden abstract]