Becoming a <i>Kpako</i>

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:
Becoming a Kpako

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This chapter examines the social construction of the Mende “big people” or kpako in rural Sierra Leone. It explains that the category of big people is gender-inclusive and much has been made in the regional literature of the manifestation of this principle in women's access to political office. It discusses the overall cultural logic that produces big persons, both within and outside the political domain.

Keywords: big people; Mende; Sierra Leone; kpako; cultural logic

Chapter.  12361 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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