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Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: Regional Connectivity in the 20th Century, by Scheele

Dr Judith Scheele / Judith Scheele

ISBN 10: 1107022126 / ISBN 13: 9781107022126
Editorial: Cambridge University Press, 2012
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May include moderately worn cover, writing, markings or slight discoloration. SKU:9781107022126-4-0-3. N° de ref. de la librería 9781107022126-4-0-3

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Título: Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: Regional...

Editorial: Cambridge University Press

Año de publicación: 2012

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fair

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This book describes life on and around the contemporary border between Algeria and Mali, exploring current developments in a broad historical and socioeconomic context. Basing her findings on long-term fieldwork, Scheele investigates the history of contemporary patterns of mobility from the late nineteenth century to the present.

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'The Sahara is neither a romantic land of luxury-laden camel caravans nor a vast empty darkness hiding the likes of al-Qa'ida. Judith Scheele's Sahara is the most dynamic 'space' in today's Africa, one brought alive by ceaselessly expanding and contracting human networks that invest in 'place' even as mobility defines 'community'. Scheele brings us into al-Khalil, the infamous Malian-Algerian-frontier trans-shipment centre where 'men are men', virtue non-existent and 'family-loyalty' the definition of survival. She introduces us to the multi-national work teams of enormous transport trucks that criss-cross the desert with foodstuffs, cigarettes and cocaine, licit and illicit loads side-by-side, protected by always-present AK-47s. During sixteen months, Scheele ... observed, questioned, interviewed ... [and] accessed family-held Arabic documents ... Scholarship is impressive, arguments convincing; this is the book many who know the Sahara will wish they had written.' E. Ann McDougall, University of Alberta

'[This] is an informative book based on tireless multisite research in local and colonial archives and among long-distance entrepreneurs, dispersed families and itinerant communities. Scheele approaches Saharan truck stops and oasis towns as dynamic nodes dependent on constant interchange with other nodes that together form a web of 'Saharan connectivity'. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the region and in carrying out trans-Saharan fieldwork.' Ghislaine Lydon, University of California, Los Angeles

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