Nature of Entrustment Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa

ISBN-10: 0300116012
ISBN-13: 9780300116014
Edition: 2007
Authors: Parker Shipton
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254

This groundbreaking book addresses issues of the keenest interest to anthropologists, specialists on Africa, and those concerned with international aid and development. Drawing on extensive research among the Luo people in western Kenya and abroad over many years, Parker Shipton provides an insightful general ethnography. In particular, he focuses closely on nonmonetary forms of exchange and entrustment, moving beyond anthropology's traditional understanding of gifts, loans, and reciprocity. He proposes a new view of the social and symbolic dimensions of economy over the full life course, including transfers between generations. He shows why the enduring cultural values and aspirations of East African people--and others around the world--complicate issues of credit, debt, and compensation. The book examines how the Luo assess obligations to intimates and strangers, including the dead and the not-yet-born. Borrowing, lending, and serial passing along have ritual, religious, and emotional dimensions no less than economic ones, Shipton shows, and insight into these connections demands a broad rethinking of all international aid plans and programs.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Fiduciary Culture: A Thread in Anthropological Theory
Luo and Their Livelihood: The Great Lake Basin and Beyond
Entrustment Incarnate: Humans and Animals over Years and Generations
Teaming Up: Borrowing, Lending, and Getting By
Marriage on the Installment Plan: The Present and the Promised
Debts in Life and Death: Shared Responsibility and the Funerary Flow
In the Passing: Inheritance of Things and Persons
Blood, Fire, and Word: Luo, Christian, and Luo-Christian Sacrifice
Conclusion: Entrustment and Obligation
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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