Constructing Avatime: Questions of history and identity in a West African policy, C. 1690s to the twentieth century

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Brydon, Lynne
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2008
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Journal of African History
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Journal of African History Vol.49,no.1,2008,pp23-42
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Small-scale societies, like Avatime in eastern Ghana, established, maintained and developed themselves in a range of ways, in spaces between large, centralized states, in West Africa in the precolonial era. This essay demonstrates the inclusivity and initiative (in terms of both economic entrepreneurship and bricolage) of this small group before its effective destruction by Asante in about 1870, and looks at the ways in which Avatime was reconstructed in the last third of the nineteenth century. In addition, issues of ethnicity and identity are broadly addressed, comparing Avatime's inclusively with tropes of difference discussed in recent studies of small-scale societies in this journal.

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CITATION: . Constructing Avatime: Questions of history and identity in a West African policy, C. 1690s to the twentieth century . : , 2008. Journal of African History Vol.49,no.1,2008,pp23-42 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/constructing-avatime-questions-history-and-identity-west-african-policy-c-1690s-twentieth-century-5

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