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This long awaited and definitive work on gender in Asante during the early twentieth century provides a needed balance to emphasis on chiefship and external relations evident thus far in the historical scholarship on colonial and pre-colonial Asante. I am certainly looking forward to using this book in every possible African studies course I teach.

- Gracia Clark, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

By bringing women into the mainstream of Asante historiography, the authors move us towards that singularly elusive goal: the realization of a comprehensive Asante social history.

- Ivor Wilks Professor Emeritus, African History Northwestern University

In an admirable collaborative effort, Jean Allman and Victoria Tashjian focus on commodity production, family labor and reproduction in colonial Asante. The authors demonstrate how broader social and economic forces - cash cropping, trade, monetization of the economy, British rule, and Christian missions - recast the terms of domestic struggle in Asante and how ordinary men and women negotiated that ever shifting landscape. By centering their analysis on women, Allman and Tashjian recover the broader history of a society whose past has largely been understood in terms of the state, political evolution, trade, and the careers of political elites. Based on the recollections of Asante women and men born during the years 1900 to 1925 and on rich archival sources, I Will Not Eat Stone captures the resilience and tenacity of a generation of Asante women and their struggles in defense of social and economic autonomy.

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I Will Not Eat Stone captures the resilience and tenacity of a generation of Asante women and their struggles in defense of social and economic autonomy.

Synopsis:

This long awaited and definitive work on gender in Asante during the early twentieth century provides a needed balance to emphasis on chiefship and external relations evident thus far in the historical scholarship on colonial and pre-colonial Asante. I am certainly looking forward to using this book in every possible African studies course I teach.

- Gracia Clark, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

By bringing women into the mainstream of Asante historiography, the authors move us towards that singularly elusive goal: the realization of a comprehensive Asante social history.

- Ivor Wilks Professor Emeritus, African History Northwestern University

In an admirable collaborative effort, Jean Allman and Victoria Tashjian focus on commodity production, family labor and reproduction in colonial Asante. The authors demonstrate how broader social and economic forces - cash cropping, trade, monetization of the economy, British rule, and Christian missions - recast the terms of domestic struggle in Asante and how ordinary men and women negotiated that ever shifting landscape. By centering their analysis on women, Allman and Tashjian recover the broader history of a society whose past has largely been understood in terms of the state, political evolution, trade, and the careers of political elites. Based on the recollections of Asante women and men born during the years 1900 to 1925 and on rich archival sources, I Will Not Eat Stone captures the resilience and tenacity of a generation of Asante women and their struggles in defense of social and economic autonomy.

About the Author

Victoria Tashjian is an Assistant Professor in the History in the Department at St. Norbert College.Jean Allman is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Twi terms

By Way of Introduction

The World to Which They Were Born: Women's Life Stories and the Problem of Colonial Chronologies

"It's Mine" and "It's Ours" Are Not the Same Thing: Marrying and Marriage on a Shifting Colonial Terrain

Sika Ye Mogya/"Money is Blood"?: Transformations in the Domestic Economy of Childrearing

"Serving a Man Is Wasted Labor": Women's Conjugal Strategies in a Worold of Cash and Cocoa

Making Proper Mothers and Dutiful Wives: Chiefs, Missions, and Order out of Chaos

By Way of Concluding

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780325070001
Author:
Allman, Jean Marie
Publisher:
Heinemann Educational Books
Author:
Tashjian, Victoria B.
Author:
Allman
Author:
Allman, Jean
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Women, Ashanti - History
Subject:
Marriage - Economic aspects - Ghana
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
General education.
Series:
First Steps
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.69 in 0.92 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , I Will Not Eat Stone captures the resilience and tenacity of a generation of Asante women and their struggles in defense of social and economic autonomy.
"Synopsis" by , This long awaited and definitive work on gender in Asante during the early twentieth century provides a needed balance to emphasis on chiefship and external relations evident thus far in the historical scholarship on colonial and pre-colonial Asante. I am certainly looking forward to using this book in every possible African studies course I teach.

- Gracia Clark, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

By bringing women into the mainstream of Asante historiography, the authors move us towards that singularly elusive goal: the realization of a comprehensive Asante social history.

- Ivor Wilks Professor Emeritus, African History Northwestern University

In an admirable collaborative effort, Jean Allman and Victoria Tashjian focus on commodity production, family labor and reproduction in colonial Asante. The authors demonstrate how broader social and economic forces - cash cropping, trade, monetization of the economy, British rule, and Christian missions - recast the terms of domestic struggle in Asante and how ordinary men and women negotiated that ever shifting landscape. By centering their analysis on women, Allman and Tashjian recover the broader history of a society whose past has largely been understood in terms of the state, political evolution, trade, and the careers of political elites. Based on the recollections of Asante women and men born during the years 1900 to 1925 and on rich archival sources, I Will Not Eat Stone captures the resilience and tenacity of a generation of Asante women and their struggles in defense of social and economic autonomy.

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