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Structural fluidity, mobility and networks among the Kel Antessar and other Tuareg clans in north-west Mali

Giuffrida, A.; (2011) Structural fluidity, mobility and networks among the Kel Antessar and other Tuareg clans in north-west Mali. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

This thesis stems from 12 months fieldwork among the Kel Antessar and other Tuareg clans in the District of Goundam (Region of Timbuktu) in north-west Mali. The Kel Antessar are an anomalous clan compared to other Tuareg. Their maraboutic status has catalysed their social and spatial mobility and given them a special mediatory role throughout past and present history. Although the research was initially focused on repatriated refugees following the end of the 1990s Tuareg rebellion, my data show that it is not analytically useful to isolate the refugee category from other forms of mobility in northern Mali. Kin-based networks and various forms of mobility structure social, economic and political relations which are of central importance in the allocation, distribution and use of human and natural resources in a society which is in a constant state of flux. The Kel Antessar’s elite has also played a particularly important role in brokering aid in the context of the decentralised administrative system in this region.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Structural fluidity, mobility and networks among the Kel Antessar and other Tuareg clans in north-west Mali
Language:English
Additional information:Permission for digitisation not received
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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