<i>Tera-Tanny</i> and <i>Vahiny</i>

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Possessed and the Dispossessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080010
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918450 | DOI:
Tera-Tanny and Vahiny

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The complexity of factionalism makes migrant status a perplexing one in Ambanja. Clearly there are advantages to being an insider: one has first rights to the land, a greater access to and an understanding of local power structures, an understanding of Sakalava culture, and, most important, social acceptance among Sakalava. Since the essential characteristic of insider status is Sakalava ethnicity, the boundary is a fairly rigid one. Migrants face the contradictions between how they perceive their own identities, based on their sentimental ties, and how others perceive and label them. This chapter explores the nature of migrants' experiences with these issues in mind and illustrates this through the informants' life histories. It also analyzes the important social institutions that facilitate or inhibit the incorporation of outsiders into the community of Ambanja.

Keywords: factionalism; migrants; Ambanja; insider; Sakalava; culture; ethnicity; institutions; outsiders

Chapter.  11013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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