The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa

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The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa

Indiana University Press
296 pages
9 b&w illustrations, 5 maps
6 x 9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-253-00674-5
Cloth ISBN: 978-0-253-00673-8
eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-0-253-00705-6

Hilary Jones, Assistant Professor of History
University of Maryland, College Park

The Métis of Senegal is a history of politics and society among an influential group of mixed-race people who settled in coastal Africa under French colonialism. Hilary Jones describes how the métis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European merchants. As the colonial presence spread, the métis entered into politics and began to assert their position as local elites and power brokers against French rule. Many of the descendants of these traders continue to wield influence in contemporary Senegal. Jones’s nuanced portrait of métis ascendency examines the influence of family connections, marriage negotiations, and inheritance laws from both male and female perspectives.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Urban Life, Politics, and French Colonialism
  • 1. Signares, Habitants, and Grumets in the Making of Saint Louis
  • 2. Métis Society and Transformations in the Colonial Economy (1820-1870)
  • 3. Religion, Marriage, and Material Culture
  • 4. Education, Association, and an Independent Press
  • 5. From Outpost to Empire
  • 6. Electoral Politics and the Métis (1870-1890)
  • 7. Urban Politics and the Limits of Republicanism (1890-1920)
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Family Histories
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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