Allman, Jean Marie. The youngmen and the porcupine: class, nationalism and Asante';s struggle for self-determination, 1954-1957

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

Title: The youngmen and the porcupine: class, nationalism and Asante';s struggle for self-determination, 1954-1957

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of African history -- Vol. 31

Published By: Original publisher Journal of African history -- Vol. 31 [London ; New York]: Cambridge University Press. 1990. 263-279 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Jean Marie Allman

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 Cultural identity and pride (186); Age stratification (561); Territorial hierarchy (631); Chief executive (643); Political parties (665); Political movements (668);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article is a very good analysis of the failed Asante National Liberation Movement (1954-1957.) Allman traces the root of the movement back to the 1860s and the rise of the Asante ‘young men’ (NKWANKWAA) who were the disaffected heirs of downwardly mobile Asante elite. Angered by an increase in taxes and an imposition of fines for petty offenses, the nkwankwaa led the movement to overthrow the ASANTEHENE Mensa Bonsu in 1883 (see Austin, document no. 38.) On the eve of national independence in the 1950s, the nkwankwaa were angered by the under-representation of Asante in the new parliament. They formed the NLM and advocated Asante independence. Allman argues that the NLM was not a tribal movement, but represented a clear bid for power by an economically diverse, but politically motivated group. According to Allman, the movement failed, because the nkwankwaa had no strong class base and their nationalist rhetoric was co-opted by the ruling Asante elite, who were the true representatives of traditional Asante culture.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 57

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. fe12-057

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

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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). 1860-1956

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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