Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth-Century Ghana


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Ohio University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Bianca Murillo is an associate professor of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her work has appeared in Africa, Gender & History, and Enterprise and Society.


"With original research and creative methods, Murillo makes a substantial contribution to the analysis of military periods of rule and their concrete effects and concerns with regards to local and import/export trade. Moreover, she writes vividly and precisely."--Gracia Clark, author of African Market Women: Seven Life Stories from Ghana
"This is one of the few, or perhaps the only, comprehensive works on the vital social, economic and cultural history of retail businesses and the ways that they shaped life in a twentieth-century African society. It adds a great deal of texture and richness to the historiography of modern Africa, and challenges and complicates our overall understanding of the structure of colonial and postcolonial society."--Timothy Burke, author of Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women: Commodification, Consumption and Cleanliness in Modern Zimbabwe
"(Market Encounters) brings to bear an impressive range of disparate sources--from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ghana--to document these social relationships that shaped the history of consumption or consumer politics in Ghana from the colonial period to the 1980s."--American Historical Review
"Market Encounters adds to a growing literature on twentieth century Ghana that firmly centers the experiences of everyday Africans in the larger and often sweeping narratives of colonial rule, decolonization and postcolonial nationhood. The book represents a major contribution to studies of modern African history."--Journal of Social History