Metis of Senegal

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

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The Metis 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 metis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European merchants. As the colonial presence spread, the metis 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 metis ascendency examines the influence of family connections, marriage negotiations, and inheritance laws from both male and female perspectives.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160.27 x 233.43 x 23.88mm | 544.31g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 9 b&w illustrations, 5 maps
  • 0253006732
  • 9780253006738
  • 2,140,123

Table of contents

Introduction: Urban Life, Politics, and French Colonialism; 1. Signares, Habitants, and Grumets in the Making of Saint Louis; 2. Metis Society and Transformations in the Colonial Economy (1820-1870); 3. Religion, Marriage, and Material Culture; 4. Education, Association, and an Independent Press; 5. From Outpost to Empire; 6. Electoral Politics and the Metis (1870-1890); 7. Urban Politics and the Limits of Republicanism (1890-1920); Conclusion Appendix: Family Histories; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Review quote

"An important contribution to African history that traces the rise and decline of the metis community of St. Louis-du-Senegal, one of the mixed race communities that sprouted in the various corners of the European empire." Martin Klein, University of Toronto
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About Hilary Jones

Hilary Jones is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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