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African Women: A Modern History

T hus, ina later period really ou tside the prim ary interest of th is chapt er, Cam pbell makes this interest ing observa tion about the canoemen of Ghana. So me o f them had come do wn to the co ast specificall y to sell the ir commodities b ut there were many who came to th ese towns to sell th eir services as canoemenmaso ns, soldiers, bricklayers, in ter preters, etc.

Lorsqu’est fait appel a de la main d’oeuvre complementaire, l’on peut supposer qu’il s’agit de dependants cadets, esclaves car Ie commerce pratique sur une echelle aussi modeste permet rarement d’accumuler suffisamment de capital pour recouri r a des travailleurs salaries. A History of Slavery in Africa. Jones Wambugu rated it did not like it May 27, They used the forces of social custom dependents, clients, slaves for the ends of commercial capitalism.

Violence arises from conflict between merchant capital and ruling classes over dis tr ibution of the surplus prod uct between th em. Click here to sign up. De meme aucune mention n’est faite dans les listes, ni dans les rapports commerciaux, ni dans les nombreuses enquetes de la fi n du XIX Os d’Ollone, In the context of a low level of technology portering and teamstering were the normal means of circulation fo r goods and th e advancement of individuals.

What was the role catnerine the fa mily, wage employment, slavery, and the entrepreneu r? Every item landed or shipped was recorded in: They received subsistence for their work, but otherwise had little right to participate in the affairs of the firm.

A partir de ce moment il n’est plus question de “captifs” mais Ie nombre de porteurs gonflant soudainement ne peut tromper personne. The quan tities carried by the canoemen from ship to shore and back to ship, or from settlement to settlementare truly asto unding and could be treated as a separate discussion.


English Choose a language for shopping. Lagos had become, during the s, the regional slave exporting center, but the British occupation in ended that. Apart from these more dramatic involvements of the. Expressions of discontent were freq uen tas the stri ke of the canoemen in demonstrates Gutkind.

The isolation of domestic labor fro m work in general arises out of a model of social organization that is mythi cal in origin. Some records even give the ti me o f day when canoes a rrived or departed andif passengers are carried, the names are given. In fac t household labor was needed fo r both the reproduction of the household itself and fo r surplus. Only 10 left in stock – order soon. This estimate is based on assumptions of a two-ton cargo being moved thirty kilometers per day by a crew of six working days per year.

II ne s’agit pas ici de redecrire les mecan ismes fonda mentaux des echanges entre Ie Sahel et la foret MeilJassoux, ; Curtin, ; Hopkins, ; Perinbam; Person, mais d ‘evoquer les elements utiles a la comprehension de cette source et d’approfondir- en les quanti fian t- certains aspects du travail engage dans cette activite: P rofits ultim ately depended upo n the mo bi li zation of an en ormous wor k force.

The sons, nephews, and other dependents recruited for commercial journeys on a regular basis by their elders, lineage heads, and chief merchants were certainly exploited. T here existed a hierarchy based on wealthfrom the petty merchant who carried his own loads to the very large merchants as powerful as they were few in number, vidrovotch as those who received from Samori the privilege of provisioning his army AmseIle.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Kamara Felder marked it as to-read Feb 21, En effet lo rsque la traite des cahherine etai t officielieles li stes distinguaien t des coqueru libres” porteurs et des “captifs” porteurs to ut en indiquant par ailieurs la va leur marchande de ces derniers 1 70 a Frs et don c Ie fait qu’ ils eta ient avant tout des tines a etre ve ndu s da ns Ie Nord.

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One manifestation of this confusion between class relationships on the one hand and the individualism o f workers trying to improve their social position on the other hand was the emerge nce of a group of petty entrepreneurs. All the studies, therefore, examine the labor of trade in the context of capitalis t penetration, no matter how tentative and hesitant tha t penetration was.


Palm oil exports generated con tinuing demand for slaves, as labor was required for palm oil production, porterage, and canoeing. Social constraints and the obligation of submissio n counted for a lot Heywood, Du ffill and Lovej oya nd even if the youths fou nd, a ft er leaving on the trip, a way of freeing themselves fro m the domination o f thei r elders who remained a t home Amselle.

Des qu’i ls ont un pecule suffisant, ils se re ndent it Abom ey, Toffo, Paou ignan et meme Savalou, acheten t un sac de sel qu’ ils vo nt vendre a Bassila, Aledj o, Lemere ou Djougou. The men generally free who were paid regularly for work that was indispensable to commerce inad vertently acquired the knowledge of the value of their work and the legitimacy of their dispu tes, but expression of this knowledge was rare because workers were exposed to dangerous reprisalsthe most serio us of which was to be sold as slaves Gutkind.

African Women: A Modern History by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. They migrated to the cities, invented new jobs, and activated the so-called informal economy to become Africa’s economic and social Over the last century, the social and economic roles played by African women have evolved dramatically. The resumption of cowrie imports with the rise of palm oi l trade meant that sacks of calciferous currency fl owed not only into the hands of coastal planters, bu t also moved into the interior in exchange for slaves, agricultural commodities, and manufact ures.

Hula and H ueda villagers in the vicinity of Grand Popo sti vidrovtich prod uced an est imated one hundred tons of salt in Grivot,