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Title:Introduction: mutual help in an era of uncertainty
Editors:Rodima-Taylor, Daivi
Bähre, ErikISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:84
Issue:4
Pages:507-613
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Tanzania
Subjects:self-help
informal savings and credit associations
social security
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972014000461
Abstract:African communities are witnessing a proliferation of diverse arrangements of mutual security that draw upon old and new solidarities and inventively merge market logic with reciprocal forms of distribution and sharing. Various voluntary associations and informal economic networks, financial mutuals and savings/credit groups are becoming central in regulating access to resources and defining patterns of association in African communities. The articles in this themed part-issue explore these social security networks and organizations, concentrating on their ambiguous potential to empower the marginal as well as to contribute to social strife and political conflict. Contributions: Topics and tangents for mutual help in uncertainty (Parker Shipton); Harnessing the ancestors: mutuality, uncertainty and ritual practice in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (Andrew Ainslie); Passageways of cooperation: mutuality in post-socialist Tanzania (Daivi Rodima-Taylor); A trickle-up economy: mutuality, freedom and violence in Cape Town's taxi associations (Erik Bähre); Rehabilitating the hoard: the social dynamics of unbanking in Africa and beyond (Gustav Peebles). Bibliogr., notes, ref., summary in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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