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The Metis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa

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ISBN13:

9780253006745

ISBN10:
0253006740
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/18/2013
Publisher(s):
Indiana Univ Pr

Summary

The Métis of Senegal is a history of politics and society among an influential group of mixed-race people who settled in coastal Africa under French colonialism. Hilary Jones describes how the métis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European merchants. As the colonial presence spread, the métis entered into politics and began to assert their position as local elites and power brokers against French rule. Many of the descendants of these traders continue to wield influence in contemporary Senegal. Jones's nuanced portrait of métis ascendency examines the influence of family connections, marriage negotiations, and inheritance laws from both male and female perspectives.


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