Update #3: Basic Content Analysis Methodology

Hello Everyone,

I thought now would be a good time to share the basic methodology of content analysis that I’m using in my research. For example, I’ll be using a song from my sample called “Hell You Talmbout” by Janelle Monae. “Hell You Talmbout” is a protest song released in the summer of 2015, its goal was to call attention to police brutality by repeatedly calling the names of victims, thereby forcing the issue into public consciousness. A picture of the song lyrics, which shows my methodology in detail, is attached.

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Blog 3: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and French…oh my!

Languages. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. When the colonial powers entered Africa, they brought theirs with them. The British put into place English-speaking institutions in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Somaliland, Tanzania, Sudan, etc. The French put into place French-speaking institutions into West Africa and Equatorial Africa. The Portuguese put into place Portuguese-speaking institutions in Mozambique, Angola, Sao Tome e Principe, and Ginea-Bissau. The Spanish put into place Spanish-speaking institutions in Equatorial Guinea and the Italians in Somalia.

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Blog 2: How Geocoding Works

Everyday I walk to Swem and sit at a desk and stare at a pile of Censuses. The most exciting part is that none of them are names Zimbabwe or Malawi or Ghana. Because these censuses are pre-independence and during colonialism the British, the Belgium, the Portuguese and the French and Spaniards gave some places different names then what we are used to. Ghana was the Gold Coast, Zimbabwe was Southern Rhodesia, Malawi was Nyasaland. Look at the picture posted below. You may not be able to tell but what I need from them is the European (Non-Native) population and the African (Native) population per colony, province/region (better known to data mapping nerds as ADM1, meaning Administrative Division 1–the second largest geographical division after the colony/country), region/district (ADM2–the second largest division), town/village (ADM3–the third largest division), and some include subdivisions/suburbs/wards (ADM4). Every colony separates its ADMs differently. Ghana, for example, goes: colony, province (Ashanti, Coast (West/East), Northern Territories  and (parts) Togoland), and town. As does the DRC (formerly Zaire). Here below, Southern Rhodesia is separated by district, town, suburb. Northern Rhodesia the other hand is divided by province, district, town.

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Legacy. What is a Legacy?

Title: Legacy. What is a legacy?


As you probably know if you’ve read my previous blog posts, Charles Willson Peale was an American artist during and after the American Revolution. He is also an example of an artist who witnessed fading within his own paintings. In 1790, Peale revisited one of his paintings he’d made 15 years earlier. He noticed his reds had faded to cold black shadows and wrote in his journal “Had I used vermillion or light red, how much better these paintings would have been.” Three years later he advertised his paintings would no longer lose their brilliance.

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Blog 1: How flexible can you be for research?

If I could describe the word “research” in one word anything but static comes to mind. The thing about research is that it’s variable. You go in with one plan and end up working on a completely other plan. And that’s exactly what happened with my research. I came in with a plan to look into the Pre-Colonial Kingdom hypothesis and planned to systematically study the 50 most centralized groups at the time of colonialism in order to better understand the strategic interactions between them and the European imperial powers to unravel exactly how pre-colonial kingdoms shaped colonial policy as a part of a bigger project on spatial inequality. However, my team needed me for something else and as a team member on this project I had to be flexible to the needs of the project. Up until the summer I had tabulated the Non-Native population of each Sub-Saharan. Why? Because there’s a theory in colonial literature that says the greater the settler population (European/Non-native population) the more development funds (for public works, infrastructure) are spent by the metropolis to take care of them. So a high settler population in an area is beveled to coincide with the area that has the most development.

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