chapter  5
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Subaltern agency and resistance in the social-historical context of the Gold Coast

ByJasper Abembia Ayelazuno

This chapter describes the social-historical context of the Gold Coast – the name of present-day Ghana under colonial rule – in comparison with that of Bolivia in the preceding chapter, and then discusses the political agency and resistance of the Gold Coast subalterns at this historical conjuncture. It argues that similar to Bolivia, when the Gold Coast subalterns faced peripheral capitalist exploitation driven by racial, cultural, and political domination they resisted militantly. The distinct characteristic of the social structure of the Gold Coast should be understood against its predominantly non-capitalist social relations of production. The main characteristic of the social structure of the Gold Coast was the existence of heterogeneous nations, each with its traditional social institutions working in tandem for its enduring existence. The economies of the societies that lived in the Gold Coast bore the characteristics of non-capitalist and communal social formations.