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The Underneath of ThingsViolence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone$
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Mariane Ferme

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225428

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225428.001.0001

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The House of Impermanence and the Politics of Mobility

The House of Impermanence and the Politics of Mobility

(p.121) Chapter 4 The House of Impermanence and the Politics of Mobility
The Underneath of Things

Mariane C. Ferme

University of California Press

This chapter examines the politics of impermanence and mobility in rural Sierra Leone. It attempts to provide a better understanding of the different social networks and imagined socialities by analyzing the smaller objects or enclosures within larger spaces. It discusses the formation of gendered perspectives on and strategic positions on the “extended household”. It investigates what accounts for the range of residential arrangements grouped under the single category of the big house and presents a biography or social life of the Kamara big houses in Kpuawala.

Keywords:   impermanence, Sierra Leone, social networks, imagined socialities, extended household, big house, Kpuawala

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