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Visa problem: certification, kinship, and the production of ‘ineligibility’ in the Gambia
The article describes the documentary vicissitudes of young Gambian men of Soninke ethnicity. Normally the most mobile subjects in a milieu where international migration is central to subsistence andExpand
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The quest for luck: fate, fortune, work and the unexpected among Gambian Soninke hustlers
This article investigates the linkage between ‘luck’ as an element of Islamic destiny and ‘questing’ or hustling as a peripatetic and open-ended livelihood mode among Gambian Soninke men. It isExpand
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POST-SLAVERY REFRACTIONS: SUBJECTIVITY AND SLAVE DESCENT IN A GAMBIAN LIFE STORY
ABSTRACT The article draws on the life story of Musa, a Soninke man from a Gambian village, to shed light on the experience and subjective dimension of slave descent in West Africa. After spendingExpand
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Diaspora without Homeland: Slave Descendants and the Cultural Politics of Ancestry in the Upper Gambia River Valley
This article investigates how memories of migration are used to maintain the status boundary between people of freeborn and slave descent in the Gambia. Based on ethnographic and historical researchExpand
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THE RANK EFFECT: POST-EMANCIPATION IMMOBILITY IN A SONINKE VILLAGE*
  • P. Gaibazzi
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
  • 1 July 2012
ABSTRACT The end of internal slavery in West Africa is generally associated with an increase in labour mobility. This article complicates this picture by showing that the effects of status – the rankExpand
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Introduction: An Afro-Europeanist Perspective on EurAfrican Borders
The volume analyzes the formation of the Europe’s externalized border management of African migrations, as well as its socio-cultural, political, economic and existential underpinnings andExpand
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The work of fate and fortune in Africa
This special issue explores notions of fate and fortune as they inflect and are inflected by work as a practice and as a way of being in contemporary Africa. In so doing, it aims to shed new light onExpand
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