The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa (Paperback)
The M tis of Senegal is a history of politics and society among an influential group of mixed-race people who settled in coastal Africa under French colonialism. Hilary Jones describes how the m tis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European merchants. As the colonial presence spread, the m tis entered into politics and began to assert their position as local elites and power brokers against French rule. Many of the descendants of these traders continue to wield influence in contemporary Senegal. Jones's nuanced portrait of m tis ascendency examines the influence of family connections, marriage negotiations, and inheritance laws from both male and female perspectives.
About the Author
Hilary Jones is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park.