The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World.
Subject: Human smuggling
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754392
Full Text: The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World by G. Ugo Nwokeji, Ph.D.


I would like to introduce to you my latest book, The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World, which is being released in September 2010 by Cambridge University Press (CUP). As you know, the human traffic through which many millions of African was forcefully transported to the Americas invokes many fundamental questions. These questions range from why Africa supplied so many captives, how the trade was organized, what its political, social, and cultural implications were, what the gender and ethnic composition was, and how the trade affected the societies involved to the experiences and responses of the unfortunate African victims of the traffic. The answers to these questions are the primary focus of The Slave Trade and Culture. I have sought to dissect these and other knotty questions as carefully as possible--with both sensitivity and candor. I have attempted to tell the story not how other people have envisioned it, but the way it has never been told. The story is told from the primary vantage point of the Bight of Biafra, a major exporting region, extending from the Niger Delta in modern Nigeria to Cape Lopez in modern Gabon.

For details about The Slave Trade and Culture, see the Cambridge University Press website at: asp?isbn=9780521883474 If you are buying directly from the Cambridge University Press, remember to quote the following code for a 20% discount: MS0NWOK. This coupon is good until December 31, 2010. You can also buy the book at, Barnes & Nobles, Borders, and many other online vendors.

G. Ugo Nwokeji, Ph.D. is a professor of African-American Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He has published extensively on the slave trade and the political economy of Africa since 1500. He can be reached at

The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight ofBiafra dissects and explains the structure, dramatic expansion, and manifold effects of enslavement trade in the Bight of Biafra. By showing that the rise of the Aro merchant group was the key factor in trade expansion, G. Ugo Nwokeji reinterprets why and how such large-scale commerce developed in the absence of large-scale centralized states. The result is the first study to link the structure and trajectory of the enslavement trade in a major exporting region to the expansion of a specific African merchant group--among other fresh insights into Atlantic Africa's involvement in the--and the most comprehensive treatment of Atlantic enslavement trade in the Bight of Biafra. The fundamental role of culture in the organization of trade is highlighted, transcending the usual economic explanations in a way that complicates traditional generalizations about work, domestic enslavement, and gender in pre-colonial Africa.
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