Infants, Ancestors, and the Afterlife: Fieldwork's Family Values in Rural West Africa

  title={Infants, Ancestors, and the Afterlife: Fieldwork's Family Values in Rural West Africa},
  author={Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham and Nathaniel Gottlieb‐Graham},
  journal={Agricultural History},
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