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Anthropology 3332F/G Chapter Notes - Chapter online reading : Cultural Capital

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ANTH 3332F/G
Andrew Walsh
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Burials and Belonging in Nigeria: Rural-Urban Relations and
Social Inequality in a Contemporary African Ritual.
by Daniel Smith
-a divide between rural and urban in Nigeria
-those from rural expected to die in their villages and be buried there
-this is very expensive and norm to spend a lot of money on dead relatives’ burials
-the urban rural relationship is where processes of social change happen
-frequently, the tensions laid bare in Igbo burials crystallize latent conflicts and make
them worse
-In Igboland, as in many African societies, kinship relationships are often
simultaneously patron-client relationships
-few of them can make a decent living off farming
-everyone a patron to somebody and a client to someone else more powerful
-funerals are community events and very important to attend
-during the two years, the author observed 20 burials
-he was privileged and honoured at these burials because he was white
-he is married to an Igbo woman
-an expectation beyond local custom obligations to spend a lot of money and give a lot
of gifts at burials
-a lot of extra expenses that can be burdensome and very expensive especially for the
-many voiced their dismay at the rise of spending on burials
-many extra things like posters, a generator, renting buses, singers, dancers etc can
be extra expenses
-a kin-urban dichotomy exists
-very important that kin who migrated to bigger cities like Lagos, or more importantly
the US or Europe attend the funeral
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