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Living in a Landscape of Scarcity : Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa / Laurence Douny.

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Subject: Dogon (African people) > Material culture > Mali.
Landscapes > Symbolic aspects > Mali.
Cosmology, Dogon.
Architecture, Dogon.
Food supply > Mali.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781611328936
  • ISBN: 1611328934
  • ISBN: 9781611328912
  • ISBN: 1611328918
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (258 pages).
  • Publisher: Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-246) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Living in a landscape of scarcity: a materiality approach -- 'Making' and 'doing' the Dogon microcosmology : some ethnographic, methodological and conceptual background -- Conceptual boundaries and inside/outside dialectics as a dwelling process -- The inside of the village as cultural matrix : building process and material symbolism -- The outside of the village as a 'life-giving' reservoir -- Dogon 'weather world' : local epistemologies of rains and winds -- The Dogon compound : fixing, gathering, and bounding the everyday -- Domestic waste : doing and un-doing the compound -- Making a granary : embedded and embodied technologies -- Pandora's granary : material practice of concealment -- A micro cosmology in a millet pearl : cooking techniques and eating habits -- Cosmological matters : towards a philosophy of containment.
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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