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Reconfiguring SlaveryWest African Trajectories$
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Benedetta Rossi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311994

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315640

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Slavery and Migration: Social and Physical Mobility in Ader (Niger)1

Slavery and Migration: Social and Physical Mobility in Ader (Niger)1

(p.182) 9 Slavery and Migration: Social and Physical Mobility in Ader (Niger)1
Reconfiguring Slavery

Benedetta Rossi

Liverpool University Press

In the Ader region of the Republic of Niger, hierarchy is expressed in terms of relative control over mobility. The mobility of various subordinate groups was constrained by the mobility of elites and freemen. This chapter focuses on Tuareg society in Ader and its patterns of migration characteristic of the region's pre-colonial hierarchy. It also examines the consequences of colonial conquest for the intertwined mobilities of slaves and elites, and considers the articulations of status and mobility for dependent groups by focusing on the Izanazzafan. Moreover, the chapter views the rearrangement of axes of physical mobility as privileged strategies for social mobility and suggests that social status in Ader is determined by particular patterns of mobility.

Keywords:   Ader, Niger, hierarchy, mobility, elites, Tuareg, migration, slaves, Izanazzafan, social status

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