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Mortgaging the Ancestors: Ideologies of Attachment in Africa

Parker Shipton


This interdisciplinary book is about land, belonging, and the mortgage—and how people of different cultural backgrounds understand them in Africa. Drawing on years of ethnographic observation, this book discusses how people in Africa's interior feel about their attachment to family, to clan land, and to ancestral graves on the land. It goes on to explain why systems of property, finance, and mortgaging imposed by outsiders threaten Africa's rural people. The book looks briefly at European and North American theories on private property and the mortgage, and then shows how these theories have p ... More

Keywords: belonging, mortgage, Africa, family, clan, ancestral graves, Luo, Kenya

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300116021
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Parker Shipton, author