The House of Impermanence and the Politics of Mobility

Mariane C. Ferme

in The Underneath of Things

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225428
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925717 | DOI:
The House of Impermanence and the Politics of Mobility

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This chapter examines the politics of impermanence and mobility in rural Sierra Leone. It attempts to provide a better understanding of the different social networks and imagined socialities by analyzing the smaller objects or enclosures within larger spaces. It discusses the formation of gendered perspectives on and strategic positions on the “extended household”. It investigates what accounts for the range of residential arrangements grouped under the single category of the big house and presents a biography or social life of the Kamara big houses in Kpuawala.

Keywords: impermanence; Sierra Leone; social networks; imagined socialities; extended household; big house; Kpuawala

Chapter.  15002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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