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Title:Strangers in West African Societies
Author:Skinner, Elliott P.
Year:1963
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:33
Issue:4
Period:October
Pages:307-320
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:foreigners
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158077
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1963-033-00-000027
Abstract:The difficulties of welding disparate elements into nation-states have been popularly attributed to 'tribalism'. But tribal relations in modern Africa are of a different order from those of pre-European times. One of its elements which has so far escaped systematic treatment is the conflict between African indigenous to an area and African 'strangers' as political autonomy and independence became a reality.The examination of the factors which made for conflict between 'locals' and 'strangers' in West African societies gives the opportunity to understand this phenomenon in a time-perspective and enables to see whether the status and role of the 'stranger' throws light on the universal problem of the 'stranger'. It appears that it is the state of society and not necessarily its stage that conditions the response of the people within it to the presence of strangers. Notes; french summary.
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