Ethnic Encounters and Everyday Economics in Kassumba, Guinea-Bissau
Geography and Anthropology
This paper presents evidence of ethnocultural coexistence strategies as a counter-argument to more pessimistic views for inter-ethnic relations. The community under ethnographic investigation is the semi-isolated, southern village of Kassumba, Guinea-Bissau in West Africa. The minority Islamic Nalú claim territorial hegemony while spiritist Balanta immigrants outnumber the Nalú three to one. This paper finds that inter-ethnic cooperation through hospitality, mutually beneficial economic arrangements, and the fashioning of individual- and community-level social bonds are important approaches to making a living in this village. This paper contributes to the ongoing discussions regarding the relationships between cultural identity, livelihood and the politicized organization of space
Lundy, Brandon D. "Ethnic Encounters and Everyday Economics in Kassumba, Guinea-Bissau." Ethnopolitics 11, no. 3 (September 2012): 235-254.