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Reconfiguring SlaveryWest African Trajectories$
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Benedetta Rossi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311994

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315640

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Slave Descent and Social Status in Sahara and Sudan

Slave Descent and Social Status in Sahara and Sudan

(p.26) 2 Slave Descent and Social Status in Sahara and Sudan
Reconfiguring Slavery

Martin A. Klein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter, which examines the historical evolution of emancipation in West Africa, focusing on the transformation of slave status in Sahara and Sudan since the late nineteenth century, first provides an overview of resistance to slavery in Africa and domestic slavery in colonial West Africa. It then considers how change occurred in two separate ideological systems: the colonial and the Islamic. Incomes from cash cropping or wage labour enabled slaves to negotiate a new position, but status distinctions persisted unless the dominant codes of honour were also changed to allow slave descendants to assume roles that they were not previously allowed to occupy.

Keywords:   West Africa, emancipation, slavery, Sahara, Sudan, cash cropping, wage labour, slaves, slave status, slave descendants

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