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Bitter Money: Cultural Economy & Some African Meanings of Forbidden Commodities

Bitter Money, by Parker Shipton, unites symbolic and economic analysis in exploring the beliefs about forbidden exchanges among the Luo of Kenya and other African peoples. Shipton’s multi-paradigmatic theoretical explanation briefly summarizes a century of anthropological thought about African exchange, while integrating ways of understanding rural African economy, politics, and culture.

Fascinating little book adds to the study of culture to political economy – MacGaffey~Journal of Anthropological Research, 1990

(Bitter Money) presents fascinating material on beliefs about money in some Luo-speaking communities of Kenya… an insightful analysis… a case that will generate fruitful discussions for years to come – Ferguson~American Ethnologist, 1991

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