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Traders Without Trade
Responses to Change in Two Dyula Communities


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521040310

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  • The word dyula means 'trader' in the Manding language. It is also the name of certain Manding-speaking ethnic minorities in parts of northern Ivory Coast, who, for centuries before the advent of colonial rule, enjoyed a virtual trading monopoly over the local region. In the first part of this book Robert Launay describes two Dyula communities prior to the twentieth-century colonial period: he discusses the regional symbiosis between Dyula traders and Senufo farmers; the organization of Dyula activity; and the division of the communities into relatively small clan wards with high rates of in-marriage. The second part examines the ways in which both communities have adapted to the recent loss of their trading monopoly, and the strategies they have employed, such as emigration, the assimilation of Western education and the adoption of new occupations, to carve out a new economic niche for themselves. As an account of the incorporation of 'traditional' community into a modern town, the book will be of interest to anthropologists and others concerned with development and modernisation in Africa and the Third World.

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521040310
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures, maps and tables
    1. Introduction: the people and the problem
    Part I. The Legacy of the Past:
    2. Dyula and Senufo
    3. Warriors, scholars and traders
    4. Clansmen and kinsmen
    5. The mechanics of marriage
    Part II. Responses to Change:
    6. The seeds of change
    7. Occupation, migration and education
    8. Being Dyula in the twentieth century
    9. Dyula Islam: the new orthodoxy
    10. Kinship in a changing world
    11. Conclusions: Heraclitus' paradox

  • Author

    Robert Launay, Northwestern University, Illinois

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