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Credit Between Cultures – Farmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa - Yale Scholarship Online
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Credit Between Cultures: Farmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa

Parker Shipton


This book brings a variety of perspectives—cultural, economic, political, and religious-philosophical—and years of field experience to this study about people who borrow and lend in the interior of Africa. It focuses on the efforts of Luo-speaking people and others in Kenya to make sense of, and cope with, foreign interventions in the form of credit. The book also reveals that contemporary financial aid programs in western Kenya are deeply rooted in colonial and early postcolonial history, and examines how credit begins to appear in the three faces of usury, charity, and fantasy. It notes the ... More

Keywords: Africa, World Bank, farming, Kenya, financial aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300116038
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Parker Shipton, author