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Title:One from the heart: between family and friends in Al-Halla, West Sudan
Author:Willemse, KarinISNI
Book title:Negotiation and social space: a gendered analysis of changing kin and security networks in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa / ed. Carla Risseeuw, Kamala Ganesh. - New Delhi [etc.]: Sage Publications
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:gender relations
Abstract:This chapter addresses issues of gender, kinship and class in relation to each other through analysis of the ways in which market women and female teachers in a provincial town in Darfur, West Sudan, operate their daily support networks. In the process dichotomies such as domestic/political-jural, public/private, male/female, and elite/non-elite are, of necessity, deconstructed. For both female teachers and market women, their occupation determines which women they can incorporate in their daily support networks: physical proximity and kind of work or shared activities limit the range of women one meets on a day-to-day basis. For market women, both kinship ties and kin-like ties with non-kin are important for their coping strategies. For teachers too, both kin and non-kin ties are important but for different purposes. Kin ties are for personal help in life-cycle related crisis situations, non-kin ties for social cooperation and for maintaining class position, and the two are kept separate insofar as possible. But for both market women and female teachers, personal preference is dominant in deciding with whom one chooses to be close. The chapter is based on anthropological research in the town of Al-Halla (fictitious), Darfur, in 1990-1992 and 1995-1996. Bibliogr., notes, ref.