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Narratives Of The Founding Of Brikama: Hosts And The Affirmation Of Social Identities

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This chapter explores the way in which key historical aspects of Mandinka social organisation remain central to contemporary Mandinka society and life in Brikama today. Further, it shows how narratives about the founding of Brikama serve to produce knowledge about and give legitimacy to contemporary host-stranger differences, which are central to the (re) production and representation of Mandinka ethnicities. The chapter provides a detailed description of: Brikama; its residential organization; the make up of the old quarter, the neighbourhood where hosts have historically resided; and the location of different wards in order to elucidate the link between host-stranger distinctions and the organisation of the city. The chapter provides a detailed description of Brikama and the make-up of the old quarter, in order to elucidate the link between host-stranger distinctions and the organization of the city.

Keywords: Brikama; host-stranger distinctions; Mandinka



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