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Family

in The Power of the Between

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226775340
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0009
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This chapter describes how the resourcefulness of the author's African friends was fundamentally reinforced through ties of kinship, fictive kinship, and widespread networks of socioeconomic relations. From 1994 to 1997, the author spent a good deal of his New York City field time visiting the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market. On each visit, his conversations with Boubé Mounkaila, Moussa Boureyma, and Issifi Mayaki underscored a key principle that is so deceptively simple that many scholars overlook its central importance: the fundamental centrality of social relations.

Keywords: social relations; kinship; socioeconomic relations

Chapter.  2227 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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