Between the Sea and the Lagoon

9780821414088: Hardback
Release Date: 31st March 2002

9780821414095: Paperback
Release Date: 31st March 2002

Number of Pages: 256

Series Western African Studies

Ohio University Press

Between the Sea and the Lagoon

An Eco-social History of the Anlo of Southeastern Ghana c. 1850 to Recent Times

This study offers a \u201csocial interpretation of environmental process\u201d for the coastal lowlands of southeastern Ghana. The Anlo-Ewe, sometimes hailed as the quintessential sea fishermen of the West African coast, are a previously non-maritime people who developed a maritime tradition. As a fishing community the Anlo have a strong attachment to their land. In the twentieth century coastal erosion has brought about a collapse of the balance between nature and culture. The Anlo have sought spiritual explanations but at the same time have responded politically by developing broader ties with Ewe-speaking peoples along the coast.
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This study offers a \u201csocial interpretation of environmental process\u201d for the coastal lowlands of southeastern Ghana. The Anlo-Ewe, sometimes hailed as the quintessential sea fishermen of the West African coast, are a previously non-maritime people who developed a maritime tradition. As a fishing community the Anlo have a strong attachment to their land. In the twentieth century coastal erosion has brought about a collapse of the balance between nature and culture. The Anlo have sought spiritual explanations but at the same time have responded politically by developing broader ties with Ewe-speaking peoples along the coast.

1. Migration, Topography & Early Settlements in the Keta Lagoon Basin

2. Abolition, British Influence & Smuggling in the Anlo Lowlands up to c. 1890
3.  Commercial Prosperity, Urbanization & Social Life in Early Colonial Keta
4. Unstable Ecology Belief, Knowledge & the Enigma of Sea Erosion in Colonial Keta, 1907-32
5. The Search for Space land Reclamation, Migrant Fishing, Shallot Cultivation & Illicit Liquor Distillation in Anlo, c. 1930-57
6. Harbours & Dams Economic Development &i Environmental Change in the Lower Volta Basin, 1957 to the Present
7. Coastal Erosion, Political Ecology & the Discourse of Environmental Citizenship in Twentieth century Anlo
8. Living with the Sea Society & Culture in Contemporary Anlo
Bibliography
Index
Maps, Figures & Photographs

Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong is a professor of history at Harvard University. He is the author of Between the Sea and the Lagoon: An Eco-social History of the Anlo of Southeastern Ghana c. 1850 to Recent Times (Ohio, 2001).