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

@article{Gottlieb1998InfantsAA,
  title={Infants, Ancestors, and the Afterlife: Fieldwork's Family Values in Rural West Africa},
  author={Alma J Gottlieb and Philip Graham and Nathaniel Gottlieb‐Graham},
  journal={Agricultural History},
  year={1998},
  volume={23},
  pages={121-126}
}
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