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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Consumption in Africa: anthropological approaches
Editor:Hahn, Hans PeterISNI
Series:Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung (ISSN 0938-7285)
City of publisher:Berlin
Publisher:Lit Verlag
ISBN:3825807258; 9783825807252
Geographic terms:Africa
Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
consumer goods
material culture
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This volume, the outcome of a workshop held at the African Studies Centre, Bayreuth University, in February 2004, unites a number of ethnographic case studies documenting a wide range of local practices with regard to consumer goods. Although based on the acquisition of globally circulating goods, consumption in Africa is appropriated and, thus, becomes part of the local material culture. Each chapter deals with the social dynamics engendered by new modes of consumption in specific areas, the creation of new lifestyles and social differentiations, and the permanent struggle with the economic difficulties resulting from the need to acquire these goods. Contents: Consumption, identities and agency in Africa: introduction (Hans Peter Hahn) - Negotiating dress practices in northern Côte d'Ivoire: social belonging, social becoming and generational dynamics (Kerstin Bauer) - Filling up the wardrobe: decision making, clothing purchases, and dress valuation in Lusaka, Zambia (Karen Tranberg Hansen) - Ostentation as lifestyle? Conspicuous consumption, identity and home culture in northern Nigeria (Editha Platte) - 'Ni fesheni tu', just fashion: consumption of beads and beadwork in Tanzania (Ulf Vierke) - Caravaneers, shopkeepers and consumers: the appropriation of goods among the Kel Ewey Tuareg in Niger (Gerd Spittler) - How many things does man need? Material possessions and consumption in three West African villages (Hausa, Kasena and Tuareg) compared to German students (Hans Peter Hahn, Gerd Spittler and Markus Verne). [ASC Leiden abstract]