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Title:Special issue: Wealth in pluralities: intersections of money, gender, and multiple values across African societies
Editors:Walker-Said, Charlotte
Felber Seligman, Andrea
Year:2015
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies (ISSN 0361-7882)
Volume:48
Issue:3
Pages:387-499
Language:English
City:Boston, MA
Publisher:Boston University
Geographic terms:Africa
Cameroon
Mali
Uganda
Subjects:money
income
livelihoods
migration
marriage
marriage law
Catholic Church
Abstract:This special issue brings together four case studies that examine the pluralities of wealth and its movement in many forms and in different times throughout and between African societies. The papers emphasize the varied strategies employed by Africans to manage wealth and risk in impermanent political, social and economic systems. On the one hand, new ways of securing property and prosperity shaped and were shaped while on the other hand, relationships and human interdependencies with longstanding value kept alive vibrant alternative types of currency or exchange in moments of pressure. The details of wealth management differ greatly in each case study, yet common strategies are found in distinctive regions and eras in African history. Contributions: Introduction. Wealth in pluralities: intersections of money, gender, and multiple values across African societies (Charlotte Walker-Said and Andrea Felber Seligman); Wealth, law, and moral authority: marriage and Christian mobilization in interwar Cameroon (Charlotte Walker-Said); Emigration and notions of wealth: cosmopolitanism and its limits in the Malian trade diaspora (Lagos I960-2010) (Bennett Eason Cross); Wealth not by any other name: inland African material aesthetics in expanding commercial times, ca. 16th-20th centuries (Andrea Felber Seligman); 'The African native has no pocket': monetary practices and currency transitions in early colonial Uganda (Karin Pallaver). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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