The Nature of Entrustment
Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa
By (author) Parker MacDonald Shipton
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Nature of Entrustment by Parker MacDonald Shipton
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300116014
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Parker MacDonald Shipton
Credit Between Cultures, Paperback (July 2010)
Parker Shipton offers a range of perspectives on the process of lending & borrowing in Africa. His conclusions challenge the conventional wisdom of the past half century about the need for credit among African farmers.
Mortgaging the Ancestors, Hardback (January 2009)View all books by Parker MacDonald Shipton
Drawing on years of ethnographic observation, this book discusses how people in Africa's interior feel about their attachment to family, to clan land, and to ancestral graves on the land. It explains why systems of property, finance, and mortgaging imposed by outsiders threaten Africa's rural people.
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Author Biography - Parker MacDonald Shipton
Parker Shipton is associate professor of anthropology and research fellow in African studies, Boston University. He has conducted research in Kenya, The Gambia, Colombia, and elsewhere and is former president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology, a division of the American Anthropological Association. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
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