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The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective

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The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective

Edited by Jacqueline Knörr and Christoph Kohl

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336 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-069-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2016)

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“The contributions to this volume cover a great diversity of topics from multiple perspectives. It constitutes a welcome addition to the literature on the Upper Guinea Coast, particularly by taking an anthropological approach to a region that has for the most part been studied historically.” · Philip Jan Havik, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Portugal

“This collection’s list of contributors and interdisciplinary scope are impressive. Gathered here are chapters from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists, all of which mesh together well in a volume that will attract the attention of regional specialists and scholars interested in the continent more broadly.” · Walter Hawthorne, Michigan State University


For centuries, Africa’s Upper Guinea Coast region has been the site of regional and global interactions, with societies from different parts of the African continent and beyond engaging in economic trade, cultural exchange, and various forms of conflict. This book provides a wide-ranging look at how such encounters have continued into the present day, identifying the disruptions and continuities in religion, language, economics, and various other social phenomena that have resulted. These accounts show a region that, while still grappling with the legacies of colonialism and the slave trade, is both shaped by and an important actor within ever-denser global networks, exhibiting consistent transformation and creative adaptation.

Jacqueline Knörr is Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. She was brought up in Ghana and Germany and conducted extensive field research in Indonesia, West Africa and Central Europe. She has worked as Senior Lecturer, Senior Researcher, University Professor, Scientific Director, Consultant and Political Advisor. Her research and publications focus on the political anthropology of postcolonial societies, decolonization, nationalism, identity politics, ethno-linguistics, gender, and childhood.

Christoph Kohl is a research fellow in the research group ‘The Cultural Dynamics of Political Globalisation’ at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany. He was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), and received his Ph.D. from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2010.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Environmental Studies (General) History (General) Colonial History
Area: Africa

The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective Edited by Jacqueline Knörr and Christoph Kohl is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-373-6


List of Maps and Figures

Introduction: The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective
Jacqueline Knörr and Christoph Kohl


Chapter 1. Towards a Definition of Transnational as a Family Construct: An Historical and Micro Perspective
Bruce L. Mouser

Chapter 2. Lusocreole Culture and Identity Compared: The Cases of Guinea-Bissau and Sri Lanka
Christoph Kohl

Chapter 3. Freetown’s Yoruba-modelled Secret Societies as Transnational and Trans-ethnic Mechanisms for Social Integration
Nathaniel King


Chapter 4. Contested Transnational Spaces: Debating Emigrants‘ Citizenship and Role in Guinean Politics
Anita Schroven

Chapter 5. Identity beyond ID – Diaspora within the Nation
Markus Rudolf

Chapter 6. The African ‘Other’ in the Cape Verde Islands: Interaction, Integration and the Forging of an Immigration Policy
Pedro F. José-Marcelino

Chapter 7. Celebrating Asymmetries – Creole Stratification and the Regrounding of Home in Cape Verdean Migrant Return Visits
Heike Drotbohm


Chapter 8. Travelling Terms: Analysis of Semantic Fluctuations in the Atlantic World
Wilson Trajano Filho

Chapter 9. Rice and Revolution: Agrarian Life and Global Food Policy on the Upper Guinea Coast
Joanna Davidson

Chapter 10. Transnational and Local Models of Non-Refoulement: Youth and Women in the Moral Economy of Patronage in Post-War Liberia and Sierra Leone
William P. Murphy

Chapter 11. Expanding the Space for Freedom of Expression in Post-war Sierra Leone
Sylvanus Spencer

Chapter 12. Sierra Leone, Child Soldiers, and Global Flows of Child Protection Expertise
Susan Shepler


Chapter 13. The ‘Mandingo Question’: Transnational Ethnic Identity and Violent Conflict in an Upper Guinea Border Area*
Christian K. Højbjerg†

Chapter 14. Solo Darboe, Former Diamond Dealer: Transnational Connections and Home Politics in the Twentieth-Century Gambia
Alice Bellagamba

Chapter 15. Market Networks and Warfare: A Comparison of the Seventeenth Century Blade Weapons Trade and the Nineteenth Century Firearms Trade in the Casamance
Peter Mark and José da Silva Horta

Notes on Contributors

*This chapter is not available in the open access edition due to rights restrictions. It is accessible in the print edition, spanning pages 255-279. 

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