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Niklas Hultin

This article examines the voter registration card and the social context of voter registrations in the Gambia, West Africa. Drawing on recent ethnographies of documents and using data on worries over foreigners’ efforts to fraudulently obtain voter registration cards, a public information campaign on the Gambian electoral process, international legal material on the Gambian democracy, and observations at voter registration stations, the article argues that the voter registration card delineates not only a national subject but also a generic political subject. This subject is characterized by a commitment to a bureaucratic process and an appreciation of the card as an official identification document inseparable from the person it identifies. The article also considers how the voter registration process allows Gambians to compare their experiences to citizens of other countries. In a political context of an authoritarian government and a weak rule of law, this comparison offers an ideal of a modern democratic state that both enables criticism of the Gambia’s present situation and confirms the centrality of a generic political subject to the realization of that ideal.

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Theodore Randall

This article discusses the medically pluralistic character of malaria prevention and treatment-based health-seeking behaviour among the inhabitants of a predominantly Jola village in the Gambia, West Africa. Through the presentation of ethnographic data obtained between 2003 and 2004, the paper demonstrates that traditional health services - represented by traditional medical practitioners and medicinal plant usage - among the Jola appear as much, if not more accessible, available, affordable and acceptable than the biomedical services - represented by biomedical practitioners and antimalarial medication usage - provided by the Gambian government health system. This accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability occur to the extent that many of the villagers suggest that traditional health services become incorporated into the Gambian government health system. The need to integrate traditional and biomedical services becomes especially relevant given the existence of traditional services within the context of biomedical hegemony and limited Jola accessibility, availability and affordability of biomedical services.

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Restoring Viable Relations in Emigrant Gambia

Paolo Gaibazzi

apt context for studying aspirations to emigrate. The Gambia River valley is historically marked by human mobility, and has recently attracted much international attention as a major source of boat migrants arriving in Italy via Libya, despite the

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From Cutting to Fading

A Relational Perspective on Marriage Exchange and Sociality in Rural Gambia

Tone Sommerfelt

Based on 21 months of field research on the northern bank of the Gambia River, this study deals with ceremonial exchange and sociality among rural Wolof speakers. In exploring the procurement and distribution of bridal trousseaus, I examine the process of exchange that shapes and limits these potentially endless affinal networks and analyze the social forms that arise from these complex sets of transfers. It is argued that redistributions of objects and money do not establish definite boundaries around units based on categorical exclusion and inclusion, but rather gradual distinctions of social proximity. In effect, I question the appropriateness of the concept of the 'cutting' of networks in this West African setting, proposing instead that 'fading' paints a clearer picture of the particular ways in which affinal networks are limited and relationships are rendered recognizable.

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“I Don't Want to Spend My Life under a Toilet Seat”

Aspiration, Belonging, and Responsible Masculinities in the Lives of White, Working-Class Boys in a Youth Inclusion Program at the YMCA

Ross Wignall

inequality by studying YMCA centers in Brighton and Hove and Banjul, The Gambia, which have been working together in partnership. As a small Islamic country, The Gambia offered important points of contrast with Brighton and Hove, such as a secular

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Michael R. M. Ward and Thomas Thurnell-Read

Men's Christian Association in the United Kingdom and the Gambia .” In Habib and Ward 2019b : 109 – 121 .

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Sabina Barone and Mehdi Alioua

): https://movida.hypotheses.org/ . 5 The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is composed of 15 countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria

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Jelena Tošić and Annika Lems

-on” in an unjust world. Paolo Gaibazzi works with existential takes on intersubjectivity to analyze the ways the inhabitants of a Soninke village in the Gambia describe their ambitions to migrate not in terms of individual projects, but as a means of

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Birgitte Bruun

magic among the Azande . Oxford : Clarendon . Fairhead , James , Melissa Leach , and Mary Small . 2006 . Where techno-science meets poverty: Medical research and the economy of blood in The Gambia, West Africa . Social Science and Medicine

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Moving on

Italy as a stepping stone in migrants’ imaginaries

Anna Tuckett

Migration 49 ( 1 ): 118 – 147 . 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2009.00594.x Gaibazzi , Paolo . 2014 . Visa problem: Certification, kinship, and the production of “ineligibility” in the Gambia . Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 20 ( 1 ): 38 – 55