Culture contact and change in West Africa

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This chapter examines African-European interaction in historical perspective, placing emphasis on variation in the contact setting and the evaluation of culture change in African populations during the period of initial European contact, trade, and colonization. A cognitive perspective is used to evaluate archaeological definition of transformations in African worldviews. Although a general relationship between an expanding Eurocentric economic system and changing artifact inventories is recognized, inferences concerning the alteration of cultural systems is viewed as more tenuous. Acknowledgment of the varied ways in which material remains represent cultures and how changes in shared beliefs or worldviews may be identified archaeologically is seen as germane to archaeology's heuristic. Perception of culture change is evaluated in light of recent research in West Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Culture Contact
Subtitle of host publicationInteraction, Culture Change, and Archaeology
PublisherSouthern Illinois University
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780809334100
ISBN (Print)0809334097, 9780809334094
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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