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Divinations and Delegations, 1947

David Pratten

in The Man-Leopard Murders

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625536
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625536.003.0007
Divinations and Delegations, 1947

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By the beginning of 1947 it seemed that the myriad of petty and mundane motives at the heart of the murder mysteries amounted to a damning indictment of the colonial system as a whole. Like the Women's War before it, the man-leopard episode appeared to witness the unravelling of a decade of colonial policy. Both the Women's War and the leopard men apparently exposed the failings of colonial policies relating to chieftaincy, taxation, justice and the palm oil economy. This appeared to apply in equal measure to the judicial apparatus (judges in open court as well as clandestine tribunals), everyday disputes (divorce, adultery, debt and land), political matters (chiefs, pretenders and usurpers), and economic changes (exchange rates and price controls). In several crucial spheres where colonial intervention had disrupted Annang ways of seeing and doing things, those processes had begun to collapse.

Keywords: murders; colonial system; colonial policy; Annang

Chapter.  21104 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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