Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

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INTRODUCTION
1. DC Lawra-Tumu to DC Wa, 1 Oct. 1947, Northern Regional Archives, Tamale (RAT), NRG 8/2/101: 3.
2. Interview of 17 Nov. 1990, Tamale. For details on the ‘Dagomba origin’ hypothesis, see Ch. 10 of this volume.
3. For overviews of research on ethnicity in Africa, see Young 1986, Lentz 1995a, Berman 1998 and Spear 2003; on ethnicity in Ghana, Greene 1996, and Lentz and Nugent 2000.
4. See Comaroff 1992: 49-67 and Berman 1998 for a similar resumé.
5. For a more extensive discussion of Hawkins’ perspective and treatment of sources, see my review (Lentz 2004).
6. The longue durée of African power politics has mostly been examined using the examples of centralised societies, and it is the work of historians on African kingdoms – such as Peel’s seminal study of the Ijesha-Yoruba (1983), Staniland (1975) on Dagbon, and Wilks (1989) on Wa – which have shaped my perspective.
7. On the recent discussions of historical ‘truth’, the imperatives of historical narratives and the limits of imagination see, for instance, White 1987; with reference to African history, Vansina 1985, Cohen 1991, Jewsiewicki and Mudimbe 1993, and Hamilton 1998.
8. Earlier travel reports by Europeans (e.g. Binger 1892) or African traders (in Wilks 1967) at best only marginally touch on present-day North-Western Ghana. Most Hausa manuscripts, with the aid of which Holden (1965), Wilks (1989) and Pilaszewicz (1992) have reconstructed the history of the city-state of Wa and the incursions of Babatu and Samori, were only composed after the turn of the century, under the encouragement of British colonial officials.
9. Monson’s (2000) study of the historicity of memory in Southern Tanzania is a good example of the strength of such an analytical approach. See also my own work (Lentz 2000a, 2001a) on the oral traditions concerning the founding of Nandom and Ouessa.
10. On this point, see also Goody 1987 and Harneit-Sievers 2002.

CHAPTER 1
1. Goody recently criticised ‘the “if-the-Government-Agents-hadn’t-been-there” approach to the present’, practised by himself and other anthropologists of his time, as ahistorical (1990: 1–2). However, this has not stopped either himself or his students from holding on to a rather idealised view of the segmentary Dagara.
2. See, for example, Somda 1975, Dabire 1983, Kuukure 1985, Ansotinge 1986, Mukassa 1987 and Kpiebaya 1991.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Maps and Plates vi
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The North-West in the Nineteenth Century 14
  • 2 - The Introduction of Chieftaincy 33
  • 3 - The Discursive Creation of Ethnicity 72
  • 4 - The Lawra Confederacy Native Authority 104
  • 5 - Labour Migration, Home-Ties and Ethnicity 138
  • 6 - ‘Light over the Volta’- The Mission of the White Fathers 153
  • 7 - Decolonisation and Local Government Reform 175
  • 8 - ‘The Time When Politics Came’- Party Politics and Local Conflict 199
  • 9 - Ethnic Movements and Special-Interest Politics 228
  • 10 - The Cultural Work of Ethnicity 252
  • Epilogue 275
  • Notes 280
  • Abbreviations 322
  • Glossary 323
  • Divisional (Paramount) Chiefs of Lawra District 324
  • References 325
  • Index 337
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