First Find Your Child a Good Mother: The Construction of Self in Two African Communities

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Paul often spoke with gratitude and great warmth toward the people of Petaga and Djibo, Burkina Faso, both for their willingness to open the meanings of their lives to him, and for the numerous self-discoveries which they occasioned. The book is dedicated to them.

Funding for the field research was provided by the National Science Foundation, and by a Ford Foundation grant administered by the Joint Committee on African Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies. A year at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and a sabbatical year in Paris supported by Carleton College, provided the freedom and encouragement to draft the manuscript.

The editors especially wish to thank Suzanne and Amanda Riesman for their crucial contributions to the completion of the manuscript at a time of deep personal pain and loss. Likewise, David and Evelyn Riesman's continuing encouragement for the effort has been greatly appreciated. We are also very grateful to Arthur Kleinman and Robert LeVine who helped think through the plan for completing the manuscript, and to Waud Kracke who provided a critical reading of the near-final version, which helped considerably with the final polishing.

Finally, we must thank the Institute for Intercultural Studies, New York, for underwriting the costs of producing the photographs, as well as the several publishers of Paul's essays used to complete the volume, the University of Chicago Press for permission to use the map from Freedom in Fulani Social Life, and most especially, Marlie Wasserman and Rutgers University Press, for their understanding and support for this unusual project.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS vi
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • PROLOGUE BURKINA FASO, 1974-76: A PERSONAL MEMOIR xiii
  • REFLEXIVITY IN HUMANISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY 1
  • I - Introduction 8
  • 2 - Global Fulani Society 14
  • 3 - Economy 30
  • 4 - What Life is All About 43
  • 5 - Infancy and Early Childhood 105
  • 6 - Later Childhood 130
  • 7 - Child Development in Fulani Ethnopsychology 160
  • 8 - Self, Identity, and Personality 184
  • 9 - Conclusion 196
  • Theoretical Implications 224
  • Notes 231
  • Bibliography 233
  • Index 237
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