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Custom and politics in urban Africa : a study of Hausa migrants in Yoruba towns

Author: Abner Cohen
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
Series: Routledge classic ethnographies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : New edView all editions and formats
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Based on Cohen's fieldwork in the 1960s among the Hausa migrants, a people of the Yoruba area (then the western region of the Federation of Nigeria), Custom and Politics in Urban Africa looks at how ethnic groups use elements of tradition in jostling for power and privilege in new urban situations. This is a landmark work in urban anthropology and provides a comparative framework for studying political processes in  Read more...
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Cohen, Abner.
Custom and politics in urban Africa.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2004
(DLC) 2003047164
(OCoLC)52992653
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Abner Cohen
ISBN: 9781136523175 1136523170 9781299699700 1299699707 9781315017037 1315017032
OCLC Number: 851156799
Notes: Originally published: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969.
Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 252 pages) : 1 map.
Contents: Cover; CUSTOM AND POLITICS IN URBAN AFRICA: A study of Hausa migrants in Yoruba towns; Copyright; Contents; Map of Sabo Area, lbadan; PREFACE TO NEW EDITION; Preface; Introduction; The Problem: Custom in Political Change; Trade and Ethnic Politics in West Africa; The Hausa Trading Network; The Rise of National Politics; Trade and the Process of Ethnic Grouping in Towns; Technical Problems of the Trade; Ethnic Monopolies; Ethnic Distinctiveness Within the New Nationalistic State; The Sociological Problem in a Micro-Historical Perspective. CHAPTER ONE The Migratory Process: Settlers and StrangersThe Quarter and the People; Processes of Settlement; Rights in Housing; Occupational Stability; Residence of Wife and Children; Primary Relations Within the Quarter; Relations with the Chief; Old Timers and Transients; Social Security in Institutionalized Begging; On Becoming a Diaspora-Hausa; CHAPTER TWO The Migratory Process: Prostitutes and Housewives; Mystical Dangers of Yoruba Wives; Prostitutes and Satan; Housewives in Seclusion; Prostitution and the Mobility of Women; Trade from Behind the Purdah. Accumulation of Capital and Conspicuous ExpenditureThe Mobility of Women in the Perspective of Sabo' s History; CHAPTER THREE Landlords of the Trade; The Politics of Housing; Hotel Keepers; Commission Agents; Inhibited Dealers; Risk-taking Entrepreneurs; Investment in Primary Relationships; The Landlords in Politics; The Nodal Position of the Landlords; CHAPTER FOUR The Politics of Long-Distance Trade (1906-1950); Some Social Processes Underlying Historical Events; Role of the ' Thieves' in the Struggle for Autonomy (1906-15); Indirect Rule and Hausa Exclusiveness (1916-29). Struggle over the Commission (Lada) and the Integration of Authoriry (1930-42)Battle of the Kola and Rebellion of the Friday Mosque (1942-50); CHAPTER FIVE From a Tribal Polity to a Religious Brotherhood (1951-63); Limitations of Party Politics; The Rise of the Tijaniyya Order; The Localization of Ritual; Rituals of Social Exclusiveness; CHAPTER SIX The Ritualization of Political Authority; The Composite Nature of Authority; The Mobilization of Ritual Power; Malams in the Process of Political Communication; Malams in the Process of Decision-Making; From Witch to Hajji. Ritual and Moral SanctionsNew Ritual Mechanics; A Religious Blueprint for Political Change; CONCLUSIONS: Political Ethnicity in Contemporary African Towns; The Making of an Ethnic Polity in Town; The Economics of Ethnic Groupings; Ethnic Grouping as a General Political Process; The Political Dimension of Ethnic Groupings; The Informal Nature of Political Ethnicity; SOCIAL AND CULTURAL STRATEGIES IN POLITICAL ETHNICITY: A COMPARATIVE SCHEME; (I) The Problem of Distinctiveness; (a) Myths of Origin and Claims to Superiority; (b) Descent and Endogamy; (c) Moral Exclusiveness; (d) Endo-Culture.
Series Title: Routledge classic ethnographies.
Responsibility: Abner Cohen.
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