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9780965330879

The History of the N'Ko Alphabet and Its Role in Mande Transnational Identity

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    9780965330879

  • ISBN10:

    0965330877

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-08-30
  • Publisher: Africana Homestead Legacy Pub
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword by Arnold Odio xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction 1(20)
Issues surrounding decolonization
3(1)
The sources
4(3)
Oral history
7(1)
Literacy as an extension of language
8(3)
Literacy in the colonies
11(2)
Social uses of literacy in Guinea's First Republic
13(1)
Social liberation through N'ko literacy
14(1)
Literacy campaigns
15(2)
Notes
17(4)
Chapter 2 The Mande world 21(38)
Mande languages and their locations
21(4)
The Mande heroic and historic past
25(2)
Mande culture
27(2)
Mande identity
29(2)
Historical construction of Mande identity
31(16)
The pre-Colonial era
31(5)
The Colonial era
36(5)
The First Republic
41(5)
The governments of Lansana Conte
46(1)
Conclusion
47(1)
Notes
48(11)
Chapter 3 Historic Kankan—A regional history 59(26)
The pre-Samori period, 1775-1870
59(5)
The Samori period, 1870-1890
64(2)
French colonial rule, 1890-1922
66(8)
The sociopolitical context, 1922-1946
74(2)
Conclusion
76(2)
Notes
78(7)
Chapter 4 A cultural revolution through N'ko literacy — The period of Mande enlightment 85(32)
N'ko's creation
87(2)
Kante's motivations
89(3)
Kante's translations and creative works
92(4)
N'ko's early dissemination
96(3)
The reaction to N'ko
99(1)
Formal dissemination 1959-1986
100(2)
N'kos formal dissemination, 1986 to present
102(5)
Notes
107(10)
Chapter 5 Cultural nationalism in the Mande diaspora — N'ko's international dimension 117(26)
Dissemination of N'ko as a transnational process
117(1)
N'ko during the Mande diaspora
118(7)
N'ko in West Africa
125(2)
Souleymane Kante's literacy campaign as a Pan African movement
127(1)
Souleymane Kante's Pan Africanism as a cultural and political movement
127(8)
Kante as a Pan Africanist
135(2)
Notes
137(6)
Chapter 6 Conclusion 143(8)
A personal choice
148(2)
Notes
150(1)
Appendixes 151(48)
Appendix A. Mande languages
152(1)
Appendix B. Informant relationships to Souleymane Kante
153(2)
Appendix C. Samples of documents written in N'ko
155(18)
Appendix D. Oral tradition of Souleymane Kante, English translation
173(5)
Appendix E. N'ko literacy survey of Kankan, 1994
178(1)
Appendix F. N'ko literacy survey of Kankan, 2000
179(4)
Appendix G. Books published in N'ko
183(16)
Bibliography 199(16)
Index 215

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