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This front matter section of this book titled The Powerful Presence of the Past contains the table of contents, a list of maps, the acknowledgements and a list of contributors. The book conceptualizes integration and conflict as interrelated dimensions of social interaction, social relationships and alliances, identifications and identity constructions within society at large. In order to reach an in-depth understanding of integrative and violent forms of interaction in the region of the Upper Guinea Coast, authors take into account the impact and repercussions of specific historical experiences as well as the continuities and changes of social patterns affected by the interaction of local and globalized values, institutions, and models of social organization.

Keywords: social organization; Upper Guinea Coast



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