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Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa

Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa (Hardback)

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This fascinating interdisciplinary book is about land, belonging, and the mortgage-and how people of different cultural backgrounds understand them in Africa. Drawing on years of ethnographic observation, Parker Shipton discusses how people in Africa's interior feel about their attachment to family, to clan land, and to ancestral graves on the land. He goes on to explain why systems of property, finance, and mortgaging imposed by outsiders threaten Africa's rural people. The book looks briefly at European and North American theories on private property and the mortgage, then shows how these theories have played out as attempted economic reforms in Africa. They affect not just personal ownership and possession, he suggests, but also the complex relationships that add up to civil order and episodic disorder over a longer history. Focusing particular attention on the Luo people of Kenya, Shipton challenges assumptions about rural economic development and calls for a broader understanding of local realities in Africa and beyond.

BusinessEconomicsInternational economicsInternational financeBusinessEconomicsInternational economicsInternational tradePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropology Publisher: Yale University Press Publication Date: 02/01/2009 ISBN-13: 9780300116021  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Parker Shipton is associate professor of anthropology and research fellow in African studies, Boston University. He is the author or editor of numerous scholarly publications on Africa and anthropological topics, including The Nature of Entrustment: Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

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