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Women and the Amistad Connection: Sierra Leone Krio Society
by:Filomina Chioma Steady
Women and the Amistad Connection: Sierra Leone Krio Society is a welcome relief from reports of the ten-year rebel war in Sierra Leone and gives a glimpse of life in a part of Sierra Leone during its more customary periods of peace. It is an important and timely record of a people whose lives may have been changed forever. This rather unique group, the...
Women and the Amistad Connection: Sierra Leone Krio Society is a welcome relief from reports of the ten-year rebel war in Sierra Leone and gives a glimpse of life in a part of Sierra Leone during its more customary periods of peace. It is an important and timely record of a people whose lives may have been changed forever. This rather unique group, the Krios of Sierra Leone is presented from a perspective in which women are central. It uses an indigenous model and allows the women to "speak for themselves" while refraining from imposing extemal theoretical and other explanatory models.The study examines the history and development of a pluri-cultural society representing African, European and New World influences which resulted from the repatriation to Freetown, Sierra Leone of freed slaves from different parts of the world. The role of women in maintaining the kinship and household structure; life cycle events and rituals are central to understanding this complex and dynamic society. The study deals with the history and current situation of women and their informal and formal associations including their world view. It argues that Krio society is both "sui generis" and "diasporic" because of its cultural links to both Africa and to the African Diaspora. It examines the elements that constitute a rather unique Krio cultural model representing its social organization, kinship, the family and household, life-cycle and special events. This pluri-cultural feature, it is argued, best explains the resilience of this group to many challenges over the years, including the recent challenge of a protracted and brutal rebel war.The book will be a valuable contribution to African studies,women's studies and anthropology because of its uniqueness. It is the first comprehensive and systematic study of the social organization and culture of this group from a perspective in which women are central. It also elaborates on many of the previous studies on the Krios previously referred to as "Creoles". It will augment the limited material available on women in the African Diaspora. No study of Africa, the African Diaspora or women in Africa would be complete without the important dimension that the study brings to the literature.
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