L'esclavage chez les Touaregs de Bankilaré au miroir des migrations circulaires

Abstract : Practices related to slavery still exist among the Tuareg in Bankilaré, Niger. Dependent on the local political context, they assign the status of slave, based as it is on the negation of the human person, to an endogamous group with special rights and obligations but without denying this group a Tuareg identity. Massive circular migrations of long date, which involve only males from 18 to 35 years old, seem paradoxical given the persistence of slavery. Synonymous with individualization, the urban experience leads these men to be conscious of the slave status and react to it. When these migrants come back home, they develop strategies of avoidance for bypassing the hierarchy—a passive disobedience that represents a faltering first steps in a process of liberation.
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Florence Boyer. L'esclavage chez les Touaregs de Bankilaré au miroir des migrations circulaires. Cahiers d'études africaines, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2005, XLV (3-4). ⟨ird-01497752⟩

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