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By Ekow Eshun

'Where are you from?' 'No, the place are you actually from?' those questions, which he has been requested considering boyhood, force Ekow Eshun to go back and forth via Ghana looking for his roots, and lead him on an exploration of historical past and belonging, from slavery in Africa and the West to the current day and what it potential to be black. looking for solutions, Ekow reveals but extra questions, a few surprising contradictions and a few long-forgotten truths approximately his relatives past...

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A variety of treatments was promoted, but the most prevalent involved the use of mercury in plasters, 34 Archaeology and the modern world frictions and fumigations, all with the idea of drawing out the poison (Quetel 1990). Treatment was allied with punishment. On admission, venereal patients were segregated from other patients, put on half-pay and charged a medical fee (unlike other inmates, who were maintained on full pay for a month). Any man in the hospital was liable to be punished for sexual delinquency while under the medical regime.

Similarly, the ways in which men such as Kolbe, Valentyn, Mentzel and Byrd wrote about the colonized landscape and its inhabitants shows repetition and anxiety- the 'third space' in which the impress of the unseen but constantly present subaltern voice is evident. Again, there is continuity between scales of perception, with interpretations of the world-at-large mapped out in corporeal observations and mythologies. The central idea in this chapter has been that of instability. The discourse of colonialism in southern Africa, the Chesapeake and elsewhere was a movement between the public transcript of those in power and the hidden transcript of those resisting authority and domination.

Men at the Cape expected women to follow a rigid regime in the public world. Mentzel reported that, for women as well as men, social distinctions were sharply graded: Pomp and circumstance play a leading role in determining rules of etiquette ... The time that must elapse before a lady of higher rank may call upon or return the call of a lady a step below her in official precedence; the time of announcement and the hour of calling; the duration of the visit and the time of departure; all these and a hundred and one other important trifles are rigidly fixed by convention and closely observed.

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