Association pour l’anthropologie du changement social et du développement
Association for the anthropology of social change and development

Travelling hierarchies: Moving in and out of slave status in a Central Malian Fulbe network.

Pelckmans, Lotte. 2011. African Studies Collection 34.
Based on rich and wide-ranging data, this book describes the sensitive issue of the contemporary emancipation trajectories of agro-pastoralist Fulbe in Central Mali. It explores how people are currently dealing with hierarchies they inherited from past master-slave relations and focuses on the relational dynamics between members of a network of migrants. The importance of mobility to identity is explored by analyzing the tensions that exist among migrants to reproduce or change hierarchical relations in post-slavery societies.