The Métis Of Senegal: Urban Life And Politics In French West Africa

Paperback | March 18, 2013

byHilary Jones

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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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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...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:March 18, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253006740

ISBN - 13:9780253006745

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Urban Life, Politics, and French Colonialism
1. Signares, Habitants, and Grumets in the Making of Saint Louis
2. Métis 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 Métis (1870-1890)
7. Urban Politics and the Limits of Republicanism (1890-1920)
Conclusion
Appendix: Family Histories
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"[T]his well-documented and well-written book represents a compelling case study for understanding the nature of the colonial encounter between Africans and Europeans in French West Africa." -International Journal of African Historical Studies