Looks at changing notions about men and masculinity in Ghana.
Prologue and Personae
1. "To Be a Man Is Hard": Masculinities and Life Histories
2. Children and Childhood: Work and Play, 19001930
3. Forms of Education: Apprenticeships and Schools, 19191947
4. The Employment of Men: Clerks, Police, Soldiers, and Teachers, 19301951
5. The Marriages of Men: Sexuality and Fatherhood, 19301970
6. Speaking Sensibly: Men as Elders in the Twentieth Century
Epilogue: "No Condition Is Permanent"
Stephan F. Miescher is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is co-editor of African Words, African Voices: Critical Practices in Oral History (IUP, 2001) and of Men and Masculinities in Modern Africa.
"After a quarter-century of gender ethnography focusing on women, this study on manhood is long overdue.... Apart from being a fascinating retrospective of eight full lives, this book is indeed a mnemonic monument for these same men and their children." -Africa