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Integrating Strangers: Sherbro Identity and The Politics of Reciprocity along the Sierra Leonean Coast

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Integrating Strangers

Sherbro Identity and The Politics of Reciprocity along the Sierra Leonean Coast

Anaïs Ménard

358 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-840-9 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (February 2023)

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Drawing on an ethnography of Sherbro coastal communities in Sierra Leone, this book analyses the politics and practice of identity through the lens of the reciprocal relations that exist between socio-ethnic groups. Anaïs Ménard examines the implications of the social arrangement that binds landlords and strangers in a frontier region, the Freetown Peninsula, characterized by high degrees of individual mobility and social interactions. She showcases the processes by which Sherbro identity emerged as a flexible category of practice, allowing individuals the possibility to claim multiple origins and perform ethnic crossovers while remaining Sherbro.

Anaïs Ménard is a Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. She is the recipient of the prestigious Otto-Hahn Medal and Otto-Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society for her work on migration and identity in post-war Sierra Leone.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Political and Economic AnthropologyDevelopment Studies
Area: Africa


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