By Stephan F. Miescher
Through that includes the existence histories of 8 senior males, Making males in Ghana explores the altering which means of turning into a guy in glossy Africa. Stephan F. Miescher concentrates at the beliefs and expectancies that shaped round males who have been well-known of their groups whilst Ghana grew to become an self sufficient kingdom. Miescher exhibits how they negotiated complicated social and financial adjustments and the way they handled their mounting duties and obligations as leaders of their kinship teams, church buildings, and colleges. not just have been notions approximately males and masculinity formed by means of group criteria, yet they have been strongly encouraged through imported criteria that got here from missionaries and different colonial officers. As he recounts the lifestyles histories of those males, Miescher unearths that the passage to manhood -- and a place of energy, seniority, authority, and management -- used to be now not regularly welcome or effortless. As a massive foil for stories on girls and femininity, this groundbreaking publication not just explores masculinity and beliefs of male habit, yet bargains a clean viewpoint on African males in a century of switch.
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I was born and bred here, while those, who had to go, left. As we had nowhere to go, we stayed with our father. . When my mother died, she was . . buried here. While growing up in Pepease, Marfo accompanied his mother to her hometown. After she died, the journeys to Fanteland stopped. Because his maternal uncles and other relatives from her abusua never played an important role, the bonds to his father grew stronger. Marfo and his brother learned the father’s trade. The father, well-versed in herbal and spiritual medicines, was closely connected to chiefs in Kwawu and Asante.
They were born between 1900 and 1923, and include a cocoa farmer, a policeman and driver, a trader and businessman, two teachers, one pastor, and two shrine attendants. In the course of their lives they traveled extensively, maintaining relationships with hometowns while sojourning outside Kwawu. These men 2 “To Be a Man Is Hard” lived through the changes of the twentieth century: the establishment of colonial rule, the presence of mission churches, social mobility through Western education, economic opportunities in trading and cocoa farming, wage labor, a new material culture, resistance and nationalism, challenges to established forms of authority and social relations, as well as the hopes and crises of postcolonial Ghana.
Girls assisted their mothers in domestic work, trading, and cultivating farms; boys joined their fathers, or other relatives, in tilling, weeding, and harvesting or other activities like hunting and ﬁshing. 13 Working for Fathers As small children, most of the interviewed men stayed with their mothers. Later, as ﬁve of them highlighted, they started spending time with their fathers and acquired gendered skills. J. A. Wahyee, born in 1900, lived with his mother, Afua Yeboah, who was an offspring of the ɔdehyeε (royal) Tena abusua of Abetiﬁ.
Making Men in Ghana by Stephan F. Miescher