The Nature of Entrustment: Intimacy, Exchange, and the Sacred in Africa

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Yale University Press
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6.26 X 9.34 X 0.9 inches | 1.27 pounds

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About the Author
Parker Shipton is associate professor of anthropology and research fellow in African studies, Boston University. He has conducted research in Kenya, The Gambia, Colombia, and elsewhere and is former president of the Association for Africanist Anthropology, a division of the American Anthropological Association. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
"In his impressive, insightful, and original book, Shipton has two main areas of concern: the very nature of small-scale societies of the present, and the contact between them and the more powerful societies of the capitalist world."--John Middleton, Yale University--John Middleton

"An eminently readable analysis of 'trust' in human society, this ethnographically rich study of the Luo of Kenya shows how lending, borrowing and indebtedness are moral before they are economic."--David Parkin, University of Oxford

--David Parkin
"Shipton takes what he finds for an African people, the Luo, as the material for a much broader and more powerful examination of the fates of the world's rural populations."--David William Cohen, University of Michigan--David William Cohen

"This is an important book written by an impressive scholar. It tackles a complex subject with analytical subtlety, ambitious intellectual range, and a meticulous attention to empirical detail. It is written in a refreshingly engaging and lucid style that should make its many provocative and productive insights accessible to a wide audience."--Michael Dietler, University of Chicago

--Michael Dietler