Muslim Families in Global Senegal

Muslim Families in Global Senegal

Money Takes Care of Shame
Buggenhagen, Beth A.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/06/2012
Format: Paperback 21 b&w illus., 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-22367-8
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Senegalese Murid migrants have circulated cargo and currency through official and unofficial networks in Africa and the world. Muslim Families in Global Senegal focuses on trade and the transmission of enduring social value though cloth, videos of life-cycle rituals, and religious offerings. Highlighting women's participation in these networks and the financial strategies they rely on, Beth Buggenhagen reveals the deep connections between economic profits and ritual and social authority. Buggenhagen discovers that these strategies are not responses to a dispersed community in crisis, but rather produce new roles, wealth, and worth for Senegalese women in all parts of the globe.

Author Bio

Beth Buggenhagen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is editor (with Anne-Maria Makhulu and Stephen Jackson) of Hard Work, Hard Times: Global Volatility and African Subjectivities.


A first-rate ethnography of Muslim women in Dakar. . . . provides not only a wealth of detail but extremely fine-grained analysis of women's exchange networks, both in the domains of commerce but especially in ritual contexts.A lively, insightful, and important study of exchange practices between Senegal and a circuit of global trade. The innovative focus is on the meanings, not the social and economic functions, of exchange.

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Table of Contents

Names and Relationships

Prologue: Welcome to Khar Yalla
1. Global Senegal
2. Homes and Their Histories
3. The Promise of Paradise
4. A Tale of Two Sisters
5. A Lamb Slaughtered
6. Home Economics
7. Only Trouble


Glossary of Arabic and Wolof Terms

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