Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: Regional Connectivity in the Twentieth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 2012 - Political Science
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Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara describes life on and around the contemporary border between Algeria and Mali, exploring current developments in a broad historical and socioeconomic context. Basing her findings on long-term fieldwork with trading families, truckers, smugglers and scholars, Judith Scheele investigates the history of contemporary patterns of mobility from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through a careful analysis of family ties and local economic records, this book shows how long-standing mobility and interdependence have shaped not only local economies, but also notions of social hierarchy, morality and political legitimacy, creating patterns that endure today and that need to be taken into account in any empirically-grounded study of the region.
 

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Contents

Regional Ecologies
25
Algerian Traders and Settlement in
60
Moral Conundrums on
95
Hierarchy Genealogies
125
Assemblies
164
Settlement Mobility and the Daily Pitfalls of Saharan
199
Glossary
241
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Judith Scheele is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. She is a social anthropologist who has conducted extensive fieldwork in North Africa and the Sahel. She is the author of Village Matters: Knowledge, Politics and Community in Kabylia, Algeria (2009).

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