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Title:The Tuareg of the Central Sudan: graduations in servility and the desert age (Niger and Nigeria)
Authors:Baier, S.ISNI
Lovejoy, P.E.ISNI
Book title:Slavery in Africa; historical and anthropological perspectives / ed. by S. Miers and I. Kopytoff
Geographic terms:Niger
Northern Nigeria
Abstract:Discusses gradations in servility at the desert edge. These gradations have both a spatial and temporal dynamic. Two main patterns emerge: first, both servile and free people were recruited in the north during good times, merging in time, into the general population of Tuareg dependents; second, a reverse emigration, to the south took place in two different ways: the first and most striking was the mass exodus during bad times, which led to poverty and sedentarization, while the second involved a steadier but smaller emigration in good years as a consequence of localized famine or the desire to take advantage of new opportunities in the savanna. Gloss., map, notes, ref.