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Caravaneers, Shopkeepers and Consumers : the Appropriation of Goods among the Kel Ewey Tuareg in Niger

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Spittler, Gerd:
Caravaneers, Shopkeepers and Consumers : the Appropriation of Goods among the Kel Ewey Tuareg in Niger.
In: Hahn, Hans Peter (ed.): Consumption in Africa : anthropological approaches. - Münster : LIT , 2008 . - pp. 147-172 . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung ; 37 )
ISBN 978-3-8258-0725-2

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This article deals with “trading expeditions” as a special type of economic relations with foreign societies. Expeditions cover long distances. Nevertheless they are not organized by professional traders but by people who are interested in the immediate use value of goods. There are some similarities with migrant labourers, but in
contrast to them caravaneers are independent entrepreneurs. Following an overview of anthropological theories on trading expeditions, a case study is presented: the caravan system of the Kel Ewey Tuareg of Timia, which has lasted for several centuries and still exists today. Whereas the caravans are organized exclusively by men, local appropriation of the caravan goods is dominated by the women who do not leave the local regin. Thirty years ago the first shops were opened in Timia, which have continued to increase in number ever since. A new relationship has developed between shopkeepers and clients. We can now speak of consumption and consumers, terms which were hardly appropriate under the monopoly of the caravan system

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Goods; Kel Ewey; Tuareg; Niger; Anthropology; Consumption; Africa
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Lehrstuhl Ethnologie
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Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 08:05
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 08:05
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46469