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The Power of the Between
University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes how the resourcefulness of the author's African friends was fundamentally reinforced through ties of kinship, fictive kinship, and widespread networks of socioeconomic relations. From 1994 to 1997, the author spent a good deal of his New York City field time visiting the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market. On each visit, his conversations with Boubé Mounkaila, Moussa Boureyma, and Issifi Mayaki underscored a key principle that is so deceptively simple that many scholars overlook its central importance: the fundamental centrality of social relations.

Keywords:   social relations, kinship, socioeconomic relations

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