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Hoe-farming and social relations among the Dagara of Northwestern Ghana and Southwestern Burkina Faso

by Alexis Bekyane Tengan (Author)
Thesis 315 Pages

Summary

This anthropological study of hoe-farming in West Africa outlines the cultural meanings involved in working the land and rearing/raising society. Unlike other studies which usually focus on the kin-group as the basic social unit, this piece of work considers the house society or community as the most appropriate focus by which the Dagara people themselves tend to structure their society and to work out their social relationship including cultural practices of different kinds. With many ethnographic details, the study shows how much the house figure functions as a physical and social institution in Dagara mode of thinking and also in the imagination including the intellectual sphere as an important concept. Therefore, the author sees hoe-farming and the figure of the house as linked themes which have to be jointly studied. Considered as such, the study uses them to outline Dagara mode of thinking about themselves and what they do in terms of social relations.

Details

Pages
315
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631347973
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2000. 315 pp., 20 fig., num. tab. and graph.

Biographical notes

Alexis Bekyane Tengan (Author)

The Author: Alexis B. Tengan first studied at the University of Ghana, Legon, and for over ten years he taught Religious Studies at various secondary schools in Northern Ghana. In 1987, he began his graduate studies in Religious Sciences at Lumen Vitae Institute, Brussels, and then after two years, moved on to study first European Studies and later Anthropology in the Catholic University of Leuven. In April 1998 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology and is currently doing Post-doctoral work at the same university.

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Title: Hoe-farming and social relations among the Dagara of Northwestern Ghana and Southwestern Burkina Faso