Until the advent of African independence, Africans were not considered fitting subjects for historical research and their words, voices, and experiences were largely absent from the continent’s history.
In 13 lively and provocative essays focusing on all areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, oral sources are seen as a way to restore African expression to African history. African Words, African Voices evokes the richness and relevance of oral sources for understanding a complex past for readers at all levels.
Contributors include E. J. Alagoa, David William Cohen, Laura Fair, Babacar Fall, Tamara Giles-Vernick, Isabel Hofmeyr, Abdullahi A. Ibrahim, Corinne A. Kratz, Stephan F. Miescher, Bethwell Allan Ogot, Megan Vaughan, Luise White, and Kwesi Yankah.
“Efforts to restore African expression to African history have characterized much of postcolonial historical research and writing on Africa, but questions about the use of oral sources continue to plague interpreters and interpretations of the African past. AFRICAN WORDS, AFRICAN VOICES shows African historians involved with and committed to developing unique methodologies for dealing with history on African terms. For readers at all levels, these lively and provocative essays evoke the richness and relevance of oral sources for understanding a complex past.”
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Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:<br />
Introduction: Voices, Words, and African History David William Cohen, Stephan F. Miescher, and Luise White<br />
Part 1. Giving Africa a History<br />
1. The Construction of Luo Identity and History Bethwell Allan Ogot<br />
2. Reported Speech and Other Kinds of Testimony Megan Vaughan<br />
3. John Bunyan, His Chair, and a Few Other Relics: Orality, Literacy, and the Limits of Area Studies Isabel Hofmeyr<br />
4. The Dialogue Between Academic and Community History in Nigeria E. J. Alagoa<br />
5. The Birth of the Interview: The Thin and the Fat of It Abdullahi A. Ibrahim<br />
Part 2. African Lives<br />
6. Conversations and Lives Corinne A. Kratz<br />
7. The Life Histories of Boakye Yiadom (Akasease Kofi of Abetifi, Kwawu): Exploring the Subjectivity and "Voices" of a Teacher-Catechist in Colonial Ghana Stephan F. Miescher<br />
8. Lives, Histories, and Sites of Recollection Tamara Giles-Vernick<br />
9. Senegalese Women in Politics: A Portrait of Two Female Leaders, Arame Diène and Thioumbé Samb, 1945-1996 Babacar Fall<br />
Part 3. African Imaginations<br />
10. Nana Ampadu, the Sung-Tale Metaphor, and Protest Discourse in Contemporary Ghana Kwesi Yankah<br />
11. Voice, Authority, and Memory: The Kiswahili Recordings of Siti binti Saadi Laura Fair<br />
12. In a Nation of White Cars... One White Car, or "A White Car," Becomes a Truth David William Cohen<br />
13. True Stories: Narrative, Event, History, and Blood in the Lake Victoria Basin Luise White<br />
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