The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective
Jacqueline Knörr
Politics & Social Sciences
The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective

For centuries, Africa’s Upper Guinea Coast region has been the site of regional and global interactions, with societies from different parts of the African continent and beyond engaging in economic trade, cultural exchange, and various forms of conflict. This book provides a wide-ranging look at how such encounters have continued into the present day, identifying the disruptions and continuities in religion, language, economics, and various other social phenomena that have resulted. These accounts show a region that, while still grappling with the legacies of colonialism and the slave trade, is both shaped by and an important actor within ever-denser global networks, exhibiting consistent transformation and creative adaptation.This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

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Introduction — The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective
Part I — Creole Connections
Chapter 1 — Towards a Definition of Transnational as a Family Construct: A Historical and Micro Perspective
Chapter 2 — Luso-Creole Culture and Identity Compared: The Cases of Guinea-Bissau and Sri Lanka
Chapter 3 — Freetown's Yoruba-Modelled Secret Societies as Transnational and Transethnic Mechanisms for Social Integration
Part II — Diasporic Entanglements
Chapter 4 — Contested Transnational Spaces: Debating Emigrants' Citizenship and Role in Guinean Politics
Chapter 5 — Identity Beyond ID: Diaspora within the Nation
Chapter 6 — The African 'Other' in the Cape Verde Islands: Interaction, Integration and the Forging of an Immigration Policy
Chapter 7 — Celebrating Asymmetries: Creole Stratification of Home in Cape Verdean Migrant Return Visits
Part III — Travelling Models
Chapter 8 — Travelling Terms: Analysis of Semantic Fluctuations in the Atlantic World
Chapter 9 — Rice and Revolution: Agrarian Life and Global Food Policy on the Upper Guinea Coast
Chapter 10 — Transnational and Local Models of Non-Refoulement: Youth and Women in the Moral Economy of Patronage in Postwar Liberia and Sierra Leone
Chapter 11 — Expanding the Space for Freedom of Expression in Postwar Sierra Leone
Chapter 12 — Sierra Leone, Child Soldiers and Global Flows of Child Protection Expertise
Part IV — Interregional Integration
Chapter 13 — The 'Mandingo Question': Transnational Ethnic Identity and Violent Conflict in an Upper Guinea Coast Border Area
Chapter 14 — Solo Darboe, Former Diamond Dealer: Transnational Connections and Home Politics in the Twentieth-Century Gambia
Chapter 15 — Market Networks and Warfare: A Comparison of the Seventeenth-Century Blade Weapons Trade and the Nineteenth-Century Firearms Trade in Casamance
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