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Village Communities: Rethinking Power and Periphery


 
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1. Title Title of document Village Communities: Rethinking Power and Periphery - Assembling the Village in Medieval Bambuk
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Cameron Gokee; Independent Scholar; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology; Geography; History
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) archaeology of community; West Africa; village; globalization; relational perspective
 
5. Subject Subject classification Archaeology; History; historical geography
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter introduces the main question motivating the book, namely how village communities in the medieval Western Sudan emerged through interactions at local, regional, and global scales. After situating this question in a broader anthropological discourse about globalization, the chapter first traces how tropes of timelessness and powerlessness have become tied to the concept of the village, then argues for a relational perspective on the active production of time, space, and social being in such local communities. Archaeologists can mobilize this perspective through the study of materiality and space at multiple scales in and around villages—the microscale of social actors and houses, the mesoscale of regional landscapes and cultural traditions, and the macroscale of an interregional political and economic mosaic. The chapter concludes by introducing a relational perspective to the historical production of community in and around the archaeological site of Diouboye, a medieval village in the gold-producing land of Bambuk.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jul-2016
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/24748
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24748
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Assembling the Village in Medieval Bambuk
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Upper Senegal; Diouboye; Bambuk,
medieval period
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd