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  1. Section A: Lectures 1-3: A General Introduction to West Africa

    Historical, Geographical and Ethnographic Contexts

  2. Lecture 1: West Africa, the Region and its History 33 items
    1. Readings: 11 items
      1. History of West Africa: Vol.1 - J. F. Ade Ajayi, Michael Crowder 1971

        Book Recommended Especially Mabogunje's chapter, 'The Land and Peoples of West Africa'.

      2. History of West Africa: Vol.2 - Jacob Festus Ade Ajayi, Michael Crowder 1974

        Book Recommended

      3. West Africa: an Introduction to its History - Michael Crowder 1977

        Book Recommended

      4. Africa: West - R. Fardon 2009

        Article Recommended

      5. The Cultural Map of West Africa - D. Forde

        Chapter Recommended Digitised.

      6. The Political Economy of West African Agriculture - Keith Hart 1982

        Book Recommended Especially chapters 2 and 3.

      7. An Economic History of West Africa - Anthony G. Hopkins 1973

        Book Recommended Especially chapters 2 and 3.

      8. Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara - John Middleton 1997

        Book  4 vols.

      9. Encyclopedia of African history - Kevin Shillington 2005

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book

    2. General Histories: 22 items
      1. A history of Africa - J. D. Fage 1978

        Book 

      2. Cambridge: 10 items
        1. The Cambridge history of Africa - J. D. Fage, R. Oliver 1975

          Book  8 vols.

        2. Also available as e-books:

        3. The Cambridge history of Africa: Volume 6: From 1870 to 1905 - Roland Oliver, George Sanderson 1985 (electronic book)

          Book 

      3. UNESCO: 8 items
        1. General history of Africa: Vol. 8: Africa since 1935 - Ali Al'Amin Mazrui, Christophe Wondji 1998

          Book 

      4. Rethinking African history - Simon McGrath 1997

        Book 

  3. Lecture 2: The Position of 'Stateless' Societies with reference to the Fulani/Fulbe 25 items
    1. Readings on the Fulani/Fulbe: 22 items
      1. Memoirs of a Mbororo: The Life of Ndudi Umaru, Fulani Nomad of Cameroon - Henri Bocquené, Oumarou Ndoudi, Philip C. Burnham, Gordeen Gorder 2002

        Book Recommended

      2. The Politics of Cultural Difference in Northern Cameroon - Philip C. Burnham 1996

        Book Recommended Especially chapters 2 and 3.

      3. Freedom in Fulani social life: an introspective ethnography - Paul Riesman, Martha Fuller (trans.) 1977

        Book 

      4. See also:

      5. Nomades du soleil - Henry R. Brandt 1956

        Book 

      6. Nomads of Niger - photographs by Carol Beckwith, text by Marion van Offelen 1984

        Book 

    2. Film: 3 items
      1. Wodaabe - Leslie Woodhead 1988

        Audio-visual document  Video via Ethnographic Video Online.

  4. Lecture 3: Development and Transformation of Kingdoms 25 items
    1. Readings: 10 items
      1. Technology, tradition and the state in Africa - Jack Goody 1980

        Book Recommended Chapters 2 and 3.

      2. Cruise O'Brien, D. The Mourides of Senegal. (Not in Main Library, available from Prof. Dilley).

      3. Charisma and brotherhood in African Islam - Christian Coulon, Donal Brian Cruise O'Brien 1988

        Book 

      4. History and social anthropology - I. M. Lewis 1968

        Book  Chapters on Nupe, Yoruba and Benin.

      5. African societies - Lucy Philip Mair 1974

        Book  Chapters 12 and 13 (a basic introductory text).

      6. African kingdoms - Lucy Philip Mair 1977

        Book  A basic introductory text.

    2. For a random selection of 'classics', see also: 10 items
      1. The Fulani Empire of Sokoto - Hugh Anthony Stephen Johnston 1967

        Book 

      2. The Sokoto Caliphate - Murray Last 1967

        Book 

      3. The Segu Tukulor Empire - B. O. Oloruntimehin 1978

        Book 

    3. Seminar Readings: 5 items
      1. On Tuareg and other nomads in the Sahara, see:

      2. For an account of the complex relations between Tuareg and Islamist groups operating in the Sahara, see:

      3. One hippopotamus and eight blind analysts: a multivocal analysis of the 2012 political crisis in the divided Republic of Mali - Baz Lecocq (et al.) 2013

        Article  This article prefigures some of the issues we will discuss in week 10.

  5.  Section B. Lectures 4-6: West Africa and the Colonial Encounter

  6. Lecture 4. The Double Impact: European and African Responses 24 items
    1. General Reading: 22 items
      1. Colonialism: An Episode in African History? - L. H. Gann, P. Duignan

        Chapter Recommended Digitised.

      2. The Fortunes of Wangrin - Amadou Hampaté Bâ, Aina Pavolini Taylor 1999

        Book Recommended

      3. West Africa under colonial rule - Michael Crowder 1968

        Book 

      4. The scramble for Africa, 1876-1912 - Thomas Pakenham 1991

        Book Recommended

      5. The French colonial mind - Martin Thomas 2011

        Book  Vol 1.

      6. See also:

      7. Women in African colonial histories - Jean Marie Allman, Susan Geiger, Nakanyike Musisi 2002

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      8. Tensions of empire: colonial cultures in a bourgeois world - Frederick Cooper, Ann Laura Stoler 1997

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      9. Slavery and colonial rule in French West Africa - Martin A. Klein 1998

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      10. The conquest of the Sahara - Douglas Porch 1986

        Book 

    2. Film: 2 items
      1. Les mémoires de Binduté Da - M. Fieloux, J. Lombard 1989

        Audio-visual document  French subtitles.

      2. Les mémoires de Binduté Da - Michèle Fiéloux, Jacques Lombard 1998

        Book 

  7. Lecture 5. Out of their Minds: The European Experience of Africa and Africans 18 items
    1. Readings: 12 items
      1. Tales of Unrest - Joseph Conrad 2012

        Book Recommended Contains 'An Outpost of Progress' (digitised).

      2. La soudanite: roman - Patrick Girard 2002

        Book 

      3. The killer trail: a colonial scandal in the heart of Africa - Bertrand Taithe 2011

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      4. Also of interest:

      5. The sword and the cross - Fergus Fleming 2003

        Book 

    2. Discussion: Violence and Intimacy 6 items
      1. Mapping Violence onto French Colonial Minds - Martin Thomas

        Chapter  Introduction in vol. 2.

      2. Cherchez la femme - Roy Dilley

        Chapter 

      3. Dilley, R. Keynote Lecture: 'Strategies of Cultural Intimacy' presented at 'Hard & Soft Power' Conference, Kent, 2014. Available on MMS.

      4. See also:

      5. Carnal knowledge and imperial power: race and the intimate in colonial rule - Ann Laura Stoler 2002

        Book  Although not about Africa, Stoler's work contains theoretical insights into the relations between race, intimacy and power. These are important for a critical anthropological perspective.

  8. Lecture 6. The Experience (both European and African) of Atrocity 23 items
    1. Readings: 7 items
      1. On the Trail of the Black Napoleon - Roy Dilley

        Chapter Recommended Digitised.

      2. The Killer Trail: A Colonial Scandal in the Heart of Africa - Bertrand Taithe 2011

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Losing Their Minds and Their Nations - Bertrand Taithe

        Chapter Recommended Vol. 2. Digitised.

      4. Samori. Une revolution dyula (Tome II) - Yves Person 1968

        Journal  No. 80 & 89. 1968, 1970, 1975. Trois Tomes. Please note that oly No. 80 (1968) is available via Library holdings.

    2. African Writers on the Experience of Colonialism: 9 items
      1. Things fall apart - Chinua Achebe 2010

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. No longer at ease - Chinua Achebe 1960

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Arrow of God - Chinua Achebe 1964

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      4. Climbié - Bernard Binlin Dadie 2008

        Book Recommended

      5. Ambiguous Adventure - Cheikh HamidouKa Kane, Katherine Woods 2008 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      6. The African child - Laye Camara 1959

        Book Recommended

      7. The radiance of the king - Laye Camara 2001

        Book Recommended

      8. Batouala - René Maran 1987

        Book Recommended See introduction for Maran's condemnation of colonialism.

    3. Film: 7 items
      1. Les maîtres fous - Jean Rouch 2010 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      2. The Cinematic Griot: the Ethnography of Jean Rouch - Paul Stoller 1992

        Book  Has a short chapter (10) on the film.

  9. Section C. Lectures 7-11: Selected Anthropological Themes

  10. Lecture 7. Craft Specialisation and the Question of "Caste" 26 items
    1. Readings: 22 items
      1. Caste - A. Beteille 2002

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Status and Identity in West Africa: Nyamakalaw of Mande - David C. Conrad, Barbara E. Frank 1995

        Book Recommended

      3. Homo hierarchicus: the caste system and its implications - Louis Dumont, Mark Sainsbury, Basia Miller Gulati 1980

        Book 

      4. Griots at war: conflict, conciliation, and caste in Mande - Barbara G. Hoffman, Kassim Koné 2000

        Book 

      5. The Masons of Djenné - Trevor Hugh James Marchand 2009

        Book Recommended

      6. The interpretation of caste - Declan Quigley 1993

        Book 

      7. Caste in Africa? - D. M. Todd 1977

        Article Recommended

      8. Caste Systems in the Western Sudan - J. H. Vaughan

        Chapter Recommended #12370 scan reject - 15/02/17 cra1

      9. The Power of Articulation - B. Wright

        Chapter Recommended

    2. Seminar: Caste, Dance and Song 4 items
      1. Dance circles: movement, morality and self-fashioning in urban Senegal - Hélène Neveu Kringelbach 2013

        Book  pp. 7­‐9, 69‐75.

  11. Lecture 8. Styles of Ethnographic (and other) Writing 27 items
    1. Readings: 4 items
      1. Far Afield: French anthropology between science and literature - Vincent Debaene, Justin Izzo 2014

        Book Recommended Preface, ix-­‐xv. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Genii of the River Niger - Jean-Marie Gibbal, Beth Gillian Raps, Paul Stoller 1994

        Book Recommended

      3. Ethnographies as Texts Original text - George E. Marcus, Dick Cushman 1982

        Article Recommended

    2. Bohannan and Barley: 5 items
      1. Fieldwork Styles: Bohannan, Barley, and Gardner - J. MacClancy

        Chapter Recommended Available in Library and as an e-book.

      2. The innocent anthropologist: notes from a mud hut - Nigel Barley 1986

        Book Recommended See also A Plague of Caterpillars. Two humorous accounts of Barley's field experiences in Cameroon.

      3. Return to laughter: an anthropological novel - Elenore Smith Bowen, Laura Bohannan 1964

        Book Recommended Based on Laura Bohannan's fieldwork experiences among the Tiv of Nigeria.

      4. The Tiv of Central Nigeria - Laura Bohannan, Paul Bohannan 1953

        Book 

    3. Michael Jackson: 3 items
      1. Barawa and the ways birds fly in the sky - Michael Jackson 1986

        Book Recommended Especially chapters 26, 27 and 28.

      2. Paths toward a clearing: radical empiricism and ethnographic inquiry - Michael Jackson 1989

        Book Recommended Chapter 7 on a man who could turn into an elephant (digitised).

    4. Rouch and Stoller: 5 items
      1. The taste of ethnographic things: the senses in anthropology - Paul Stoller 1989

        Book Recommended Especially chapters 6 (digitised) and 7 on sound in Songhay sorcery and possession.

    5. The West African Novels: 6 items
      See also titles under topic 6.
      1. A man of the people - Chinua Achebe 1966

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe 1987

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Ambiguous Adventure - Cheikh Hamidou Kane 1972

        Book Recommended

      4. The African child - Laye Camara 1959

        Book Recommended

      5. Xala - Sembène Ousmane, Clive Wake 1976

        Book Recommended

    6. Seminar - Styles of Ethnographic Writing: 4 items
      1. Barawa and the ways birds fly in the sky - Michael Jackson 1986

        Book  Barawa chapter.

      2. Paths toward a clearing: radical empiricism and ethnographic inquiry - Michael Jackson 1989

        Book  Chapter 7 on a man who could turn into an elephant (digitisation available in lecture 8 section).

      3. Fieldwork Styles: Bohannon, Barley, and Gardner - Jeremy MacClancy

        Chapter  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

  12. Lecture 9. The Impact of World Religions I 17 items
    1. Readings: 16 items
      1. West Africa and Christianity - Peter B. Clarke 1986

        Book Recommended

      2. African Conversion - Robin Horton 1971

        Article Recommended

      3. On the Rationality of Conversion. Part I - Robin Horton 1975

        Article Recommended

      4. On the Rationality of Conversion. Part II - Robin Horton 1975

        Article Recommended

      5. Aladura: A Religious Movement Among the Yoruba - J. D. Y. Peel, 1968

        Book Recommended

      6. West African Christianity: the Religious Impact - Lamin O. Sanneh 1983

        Book Recommended

    2. Seminar - Conversion Debate: 1 item
      1. Discussion of the articles and chapters by Horton, Fisher, Baum and Simmons – see above.

  13. 10. The Impact of World Religions II ­‐ Islam: 18 items
    1. Readings: 17 items
      1. Islam in Tropical Africa - I. M. Lewis 1980

        Book Recommended

      2. Charisma and brotherhood in African Islam - Christian Coulon, Donal Brian Cruise O'Brien 1988

        Book 

      3. Recognizing Islam: religion and society in the modern Middle East - Michael Gilsenan 2005

        Book  Older editions also available in the Library.

      4. Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town - Benjamin F. Soares 2005

        Book Recommended Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    2. Seminar - ‘Islam: the one and the many’: 1 item
      1. Discussion of Asad and Eickelman for general methodological approaches to Islam; case study by Soares (Introduction and chapter 1). See also Islamist Literature.

  14. Lecture 11. Modernity and Post-Colonialism: 16 items
    1. Readings: 8 items
      1. Kinship, Witchcraft and the Market - P. Geschiere

        Chapter Recommended Digitised.

      2. Sorcery, Power and the Modern State in Cameroon - Michael Rowlands and Jean-Pierre Warnier 1988

        Article Recommended

    2. Other General Reading: 4 items
      1. Postcolonial identities in Africa - Richard P. Werbner, T. O. Ranger 1996

        Book 

    3. Seminar - Witches and Occult Economies: 3 items
      1. Magical interpretations, material realities: modernity, witchcraft and the occult in postcolonial Africa - Henrietta L. Moore, Todd Sanders 2001

        Book  Nyamnjoh, chapter 2, and Fisiy and Geschiere, chapter 11. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    4. Film: 1 item
      1. Xala - Ousmane Sembène, Thierno Leye, Seune Samb, Younouss Seye 2005 (dvd)

        Book 

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