Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

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GLOSSARY

Please note that words used only once are explained in the text and do not appear in the Glossary.

no comment:the Dagara dialect most commonly used in Nandom
J.:the Dagara dialect most commonly used in Jirapa
S.:Sisala (the dialect commonly used in Lambussie)
bàgrinitiation society
fàŋpower, strength
big, great
kuoro (S.)rich man, chief
kyielo (S.)lit.: hawk; pejorative term referring to the Dagara
laŋ (laŋme)lit.: to sit or stick together; pejorative term for the Sisala
mυɔpυɔ nıbεlit.: bush-men; migrants, strangers
naa (naminε), na (J.)rich man, chief (pl.)
saan (saamε)stranger (pl.)
-sòb (-dèm)owner, proprietor, custodian (pl.)
tendana (J.)earth priest
tèŋearth, land, soil
tèŋgán (tèŋgáme) (pl.)lit.: skin of the earth; earth deity, earth-shrine area
tèŋgánsòb (tèŋgándèm)earth priest (pl.)
tèŋgán yelematters of the earth priest, matters of the earth shrine
totina (S.)earth priest
yeleaffair, speech
great house, original house
yir (yiiri) (pl.)house, patrilineage
yirsòbhead of a house
yirdèmresidents of a house
zongolit. (Hausa): caravanserai; a settlement of Muslim traders

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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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