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The New Elites of Tropical Africa

1st Edition

Edited by P. C. Lloyd


398 pages

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Originally published in 1966, this book brings together papers dealing with the emergence and development of elites in sub-Saharan Africa among social categories ranging from farmers and women market traders through foremen and merchants to administrators and managers in government and industry. The authors analyse distinctive social characteristics and attitudes and the development of class consciousness.


‘…these admirable studies offer one of the best introductions to the protocol of meeting the elites of Tropical Africa.’ West Africa

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Special Studies

1. The Emergence of an Elite: A Case Study of a West Coast Family Margaret Priestley

2. The Evolution of Elites in Ghana K. E. de Graft-Johnson

3. Masses et élites en Afrique noire: le cas du Togo M. F. N’Sougan Agblemagnon

4. The Social Characteristics of an Emergent Elite in Harare M. B. Lukhero

5. Attitudes Towards Marriage and the Family Among Educated Young Sierra Leoneans Kenneth Little

6. Education and Family Life in the Development of Class Identification Among the Yoruba Barbara B. Lloyd

7. Parenté et classe sociale à Porto-novo, Dahomey M. Claude Tardits

8. Social Aspirations, Magic and Witchcraft in Ghana: A Social Psychological Interpretation Gustav Jahoda

9. African Elites in Industrial Bureaucracy C. Kumalo

10. L’émergence de cadres de base africains dans l’industrie M. A. Hauser

11. Les femmes commerçantes au détail sur les marchés dakarois D. van der Vaeren-Aguessy

12. Aspects of Occupational Prestige in a Plural Society J. C. Mitchell

13. Social Networks of Farmers Among the Plateau Tonga of Zambia A. D. Jones

14. The Tribal Elite and the Transkeian Elections of 1963 Philip Mayer

15. Class Consciousness and Class Solidarity in the New Ethiopian Elites Donald N. Levine

16. Class Consciousness Among the Yoruba P. C. Lloyd

17. The Concept of Elites and their Formation in Uganda A. W. Southall

18. Élites et forces politiques P. Mercier

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies