Arhin, Kwame. Peasants in 19th-century Asante

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Peasants in 19th-century Asante

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Current anthropology -- Vol. 24, no. 4

Published By: Original publisher Current anthropology -- Vol. 24, no. 4 Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. 1983. 471-480 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Kwame Arhin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Urban and rural life (369); Real property (423); Production and supply (433); Retail marketing (443); Lineages (613); Territorial hierarchy (631); Cities (633);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article Arhin examines if the Asante was a peasant society prior to its incorporation into the world capitalist system in the nineteenth century. He discusses land ownership (owned by matriclans) and the organization of production. According to Arhin, the Asante production unit is ‘conjugal’ and includes husband, wife, adolescent children, pawns, and slaves. ‘The state heavily extracted surpluses from all producers for its upkeep and for the purpose of military and political expansion. (474)’ Arhin also finds that the residents of the capital Kumasi (KUMASIFO) considered themselves more civilized than villagers (KURASEFO) from the surrounding countryside. Based on this evidence, Arhin concludes that a peasantry did exist in Asante before the colonial period. The document includes the comments of eight scholars and Arhin's response.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 35

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fe12-035

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 479-480)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document Not Specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Historian-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ;1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1600-1900

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Akan (African people)

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