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New book on the Temne of Sierra Leone

5 January 2018 at 21:25 | 2265 views

The Temne of Sierra Leone

African Agency in the Making of a British Colony

Author:: Joseph J. Bangura, Kalamazoo College, Michigan

Much of the research and study of the formation of Sierra Leone focuses almost exclusively on the role of the so-called Creoles, or descendants of ex-slaves from Europe, North America, Jamaica, and Africa living in the colony. In this book, Joseph J. Bangura cuts through this typical narrative surrounding the making of the British colony, and instead offers a fresh look at the role of the often overlooked indigenous Temne-speakers. Bangura explores, however, the socio-economic formation, establishment, and evolution of Freetown, from the perspective of different Temne-speaking groups, including market women, religious figures, and community leaders and the complex relationships developed in the process. Examining key issues, such as the politics of belonging, African agency, and the creation of national identities, Bangura offers an account of Sierra Leone that sheds new perspectives on the social history of the colony.

- Offers readers a new, alternate perspective of the development of the Sierra Leone colony in West Africa, shifting focusing on the role of non-Creole ethnic groups in the country

- Challenges current literature by shifting focus on the foundation of Sierra Leone from a western-centric perspective to the contributions of rural intellectuals, ethnonationalists and Islamic elites

- Examines contemporary concepts of identity politics, class and tribal conflicts in multi-ethnic African societies through a colonial and postcolonial lens

Reviews & endorsements
’Joseph J. Bangura, in a revisionist history of Sierra Leone, argues convincingly that African identities, such as Temne and Krio, were constructed and transformed in the dynamic interplay between Freetown and its rural hinterland. This compelling social history draws on a broad range of materials to analyze the contributions of farmers and traders, women and men, and Muslims and Christians in Sierra Leonean past.’ John H. Hanson, Indiana University, Bloomington

Product details
Date published: December 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781107197985
Length: 222 pages
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm
Weight: 0.44kg
Availability: In stock

$ 99.99 (C)
Hardback

Source: Cambridge University Press website

Joseph J. Bangura is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the African Studies Program at Kalamazoo College, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in African history from Dalhousie University, Canada and has published widely on the colonial history of Sierra Leone and Freetown.

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