Living in a Landscape of Scarcity: Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa

1st Edition

Laurence Douny

Routledge
Published October 15, 2014
Reference - 257 Pages
ISBN 9781611328912 - CAT# Y287220
Series: UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications

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Summary

In her close ethnography of a Dogon village of Mali, Laurence Douny shows how a microcosmology develops from people's embodied daily and ritual practice in a landscape of scarcity. Viewed through the lens of containment practice, she describes how they cope with the shortage of material items central to their lives—water, earth, and millet. Douny’s study is an important addition to ecological anthropology, to the study of West African cultures, to the understanding of material culture, and to anthropological theory.

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