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Title:Are the Mbororo'en Boring, and are the Fulbe Finished?
Author:Frantz, Charles
Year:1993
Periodical:Senri Ethnological Studies
Issue:35
Pages:11-34
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Bororo
Fulani
nomads
sedentarization
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The identification and portraiture of populations as Fulbe (Fulani, Peul, pastoral peoples scattered all over the Sahelian region of West Africa) has varied, both historically and currently, with time and ecological location, as well as with the interests and knowledge of the conceptualizer or researcher. This paper examines the changes among Fulbe groups in terms of their numbers and the size of their herds, the degree of dependence upon rearing livestock, their geographical locations and permanence of settlement, and their political dominance, religious affiliation, occupational structure, use of Fulfulde, endogamous mating, and continuity of distinctive biological features. As they have become increasingly involved in supralocal (regional, national, and international) systems of behaviour, the more nomadic Fulbe sections (Mbororo'en) are declining in number and are being given less attention by other Africans, governmental officials, and outside scholars. At the same time, an increasing number of sedentary Fulbe are acculturating to Muslim/North African forms of social organization and culture, and to a lesser degree to forms which derive from Western Europe. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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