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Ethnicity and the Making of History in Northern Ghana

Carola Lentz


This book draws on two decades of research and provides a social and political history of North-Western Ghana. It traces the creation of new ethnic and territorial boundaries, categories and forms of self-understanding, and represents a major contribution to debates on ethnicity, colonialism, and the ‘production of history’. It explores the creation and redefinition of ethnic distinctions and commonalities by African and European actors, showing that ethnicity's power derives from a contradiction: while ethnic identities purport to be non-negotiable, creating permanent bonds, stability and sec ... More

Keywords: ethnicity, North-Western Ghana, colonialism, self-understanding, ethnic identities, ethnic communities, production of history, political history, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624010
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carola Lentz, author