The New African Histories series builds on the significant achievements of social historians over the past two decades, while pushing the boundaries of African social history in exciting new directions - theoretically, methodologically and conceptually.

The series promotes continued research on the lived experiences of Africans in their households, communities, workplaces, and classes, as well as in the clubs, associations, and social movements they have created. It insists on the centrality of gender, generation and social identity to African historiography, while it seeks to expose the constraints at local, national, and transnational levels that structure the daily lives of the poor and disadvantaged.

Social historians have long maintained that there can be no social history without economic history. We contend that it is increasingly imperative that politics, environment, and culture receive far greater attention in the exploration of daily life.


Editors


Jean Allman, Series Editor
Professor of History
Washington University
Dept. of History
Busch Hall #113
St. Louis, MO 63130

Allen Isaacman, Series Editor
Professor of History
University of Minnesota
267 Nineteenth Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Derek R. Peterson, Series Editor
Professor of History and African Studies
University of Michigan
1029 Tisch Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Buying Time · Debt and Mobility in the Indian Ocean World

By Thomas F. McDow

In Buying Time, Thomas F. McDow synthesizes Indian Ocean, Middle Eastern, and East African studies as well as economic and social history to explain how, in the nineteenth century, credit, mobility, and kinship knit together a vast interconnected Indian Ocean region. That vibrant and enormously influential swath extended from the desert fringes of Arabia to Zanzibar and the Swahili coast and on to the Congo River watershed.



Internal Frontiers · African Nationalism and the Indian Diaspora in 20th Century South Africa

By Jon Soske

In this ambitious new history of the antiapartheid struggle, Jon Soske places India and the Indian diaspora at the center of the African National Congress’s development of an inclusive philosophy of nationalism. In so doing, Soske combines intellectual, political, religious, urban, and gender history to tell a story that is global in reach while remaining grounded in the everyday materiality of life under apartheid.



Living with Nkrumahism · Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana

By Jeffrey S. Ahlman

In the 1950s, Ghana, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah and the Convention People’s Party, drew the world’s attention as anticolonial activists, intellectuals, and politicians looked to it as a model for Africa’s postcolonial future. Nkrumah was a visionary, a statesman, and one of the key makers of contemporary Africa. In Living with Nkrumahism, Jeffrey Ahlman reexamines the infrastructure that organized and consolidated his philosophy into a political program.


We Do Not Have Borders · Greater Somalia and the Predicaments of Belonging in Kenya

By Keren Weitzberg

Though often associated with foreigners and refugees, many Somalis have lived in Kenya for generations, in many cases since long before the founding of the country. Despite their long residency, foreign and state officials and Kenyan citizens often perceive the Somali population to be a dangerous and alien presence in the country, and charges of civil and human rights abuses have mounted against them in recent years.


An Uncertain Age · The Politics of Manhood in Kenya

By Paul Ocobock

In twentieth-century Kenya, age and gender were powerful cultural and political forces that animated household and generational relationships. They also shaped East Africans’ contact with and influence on emergent colonial and global ideas about age and masculinity. Kenyan men and boys came of age achieving their manhood through changing rites of passage and access to new outlets such as town life, crime, anticolonial violence, and nationalism.


Football and Colonialism · Body and Popular Culture in Urban Mozambique

By Nuno Domingos

In articles for the newspaper O Brado Africano in the mid-1950s, poet and journalist José Craveirinha described the ways in which the Mozambican football players in the suburbs of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) adapted the European sport to their own expressive ends. Through gesture, footwork, and patois, they used what Craveirinha termed “malice”—or cunning—to negotiate their places in the colonial state.


From 1952 to 1981, South Africa’s apartheid government ran an art school for the training of African art teachers at Indaleni, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal. The Art of Life in South Africa is the story of the students, teachers, art, and politics that circulated through a small school, housed in a remote former mission station.


African Miracle, African Mirage · Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast

By Abou B. Bamba

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Ivory Coast was touted as an African miracle, a poster child for modernization and the ways that Western aid and multinational corporations would develop the continent. At the same time, Marxist scholars—most notably Samir Amin—described the capitalist activity in Ivory Coast as empty, unsustainable, and incapable of bringing real change to the lives of ordinary people.


The Gun in Central Africa · A History of Technology and Politics

By Giacomo Macola

Examining the history of warfare and political development through a technological lens, Macola relates the study of military technology to the history of gender. A lively analysis of the social forms and political systems of central Africa, this work focuses on the question of why some societies embraced the gun while others didn’t, and how the technology shaped them in the precolonial years.


Cartography and the Political Imagination · Mapping Community in Colonial Kenya

By Julie MacArthur

Encompassing history, geography, and political science, MacArthur’s study evaluates the role of geographic imagination and the impact of cartography not only as means of expressing imperial power and constraining colonized populations, but as tools for the articulation of new political communities and resistance.


Nation on Board · Becoming Nigerian at Sea

By Lynn Schler

Schler’s study of Nigerian seamen during Nigeria’s transition to independence provides a fresh perspective on the meaning of decolonization for ordinary Africans. She traces the workers’ shift from optimism to disillusionment, providing a working-class perspective on nation building in Nigeria and illustrating the hopes for independence and subsequent disappointments.


Crossing the Color Line · Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana

By Carina E. Ray


Authentically African · Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture

By Sarah Van Beurden


Diamonds in the Rough · Corporate Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917–1975

By Todd Cleveland





Who Shall Enter Paradise? · Christian Origins in Muslim Northern Nigeria, c. 1890–1975

By Shobana Shankar


Conjugal Rights · Marriage, Sexuality, and Urban Life in Colonial Libreville, Gabon

By Rachel Jean-Baptiste



Violent Intermediaries · African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa

By Michelle R. Moyd




The Krio of West Africa · Islam, Culture, Creolization, and Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century

By Gibril R. Cole



Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development · Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965–2007

By Allen F. Isaacman and Barbara S. Isaacman

This in-depth study of the Zambezi River Valley examines the dominant developmentalist narrative that has surrounded the Cahora Bassa Dam, chronicles the continual violence that has accompanied its existence, and gives voice to previously unheard narratives of forced labor, displacement, and historical and contemporary life in the dam’s shadow.



Taifa · Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania

By James R. Brennan

Taifa is a story of African intellectual agency, but it is also an account of how nation and race emerged out of the legal, social, and economic histories in one major city, Dar es Salaam. Nation and race—both translatable as taifa in Swahili—were not simply universal ideas brought to Africa by European colonizers, as previous studies assume.