Hans Peter Hahn (ed.):

Consumption in Africa

Anthropological Approaches


Global Goods are inherently important, precisely because they cannot be resisted, the relations and goods of the larger System also take on meaningful places in the local schemes of things. (Marshal Sahlins 1994:413)

How do small groups, especially families, deal with these new global realities as they seek to reproduce themselves, and in so doing, as it were by accident, reproduce cultural forms themselves? (Arjun Appadurai 1990:17).

Table of Contents

Consumption, Identities and Agency in Africa Introduction

Hans Peter Hahn (Frankfurt a. Main)

Consumption worldmap

Negotiating Dress Practices in Northern Côte d’Ivoire: Social Belonging, Social Becoming and Generational Dynamics

Kerstin Bauer (Basel)

Filling up the Wardrobe: Decision Making, Clothing Purchases, and Dress Valuation in Lusaka, Zambia

Karen Tranberg Hansen (Chicago)

Ostentation as Lifestyle? Conspicuous Consumption, Identity and Home Culture in Northern Nigeria

Editha Platte (Frankfurt a. M.)

‘Ni Fesheni tu’ – Just Fashion. Consumption of Beads and Beadwork in Tanzania

Ulf Vierke (Bayreuth)

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

Gerd Spittler (Bayreuth)

How Many Things Does Man Need? Material Possessions and Consumption in Three West African Villages (Hausa, Kasena and Tuareg) Compared to German Students

Hans Peter Hahn, Gerd Spittler & Markus Verne (Frankfurt a. M. / Bayreuth)

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