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“When You Make Sacrifice, No One Is A Stranger”: Divination, Sacrifice And Identity Among Translocals In The West African Urban Diaspora

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This chapter presents original field research on divination and sacrifice in Côte d’Ivoire. It aims at more than a portrait of the phenomena in the complex postmodern situation and discusses these practices to be vital resources for Africans struggling to contend with the vicissitudes of life in the urban situation. The chapter argues that the ongoing practice of divination is influencing the emergent shape of social reality and is itself constitutive of modernity. It describes that the prominence of divination on the contemporary scene is a moral response to the very real structural inequalities generated by globalization. Together, divination and sacrifice foster a sense of community based on "Africanity," one that transcends the perilous appeal to citizenship but does not fall back on the divisive conceptions of ethnicity.

Keywords: Africanity; Côte d’Ivoire; divination; globalization



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