To Live with Others
Essays on Cultural Neighborhood in Southern Ethiopia
Edited by: Echi Christina Gabbert, Sophia Thubauville. With a preface by: Günther Schlee. With an introduction by: Echi Christina Gabbert. With contributions by: Susanne Epple, Echi Christina Gabbert, Felix Girke, Yvan Houtteman, Shauna LaTosky, Jean Lydall, Yukio Miyawaki, Louren Nakali, Nicole Poissonnier, Toru Sagawa, Graziano Savà, Ivo Strecker, Sophia Thubauville, Gebre Yntiso. Series edited by: Thomas Bierschenk, Anna-Maria Brandstetter, Raimund Kastenholz, Matthias Krings, Carola Lentz.
Series: Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Volume 272010
3 maps, 7 b/w photos, 3 graphs, 20 tables, index of names and topics
Text language(s): English
Format: 170 x 240 mm
Cultural neighborhood is a community across ethnic boundaries that provides safety and nurtures belonging. It embraces enmity and amity, supports cultural diversity, heightens knowledge and facilitates resilience. Cultural neighborhood is place, sentiment and narration, flexible and yet full of rules.
Cultural neighbors are aware of and interested in each other, they face each other, get used to each other and develop intimate acquaintance of each other’s differences and similarities through time, effort and creativity.
To Live with Others focuses on modalities of change and ongoing negotiation of contact phenomena among several groups in southern Ethiopia with a special interest on neighborly interaction. The volume also is an initial attempt to further develop the notion of cultural neighborhood. In thirteen essays the authors show how members of neighboring groups of southern Ethiopia position themselves while bringing their rules, sentiments, economies, rituals, desires and stories together. By looking at modalities of people, who live as direct, more distant or even temporary if not ephemeral neighbors it becomes apparent how knowledge about each other is challenged and formed continuously with all facets that human relationships might contain.
The examples presented in this volume can also contribute to a better understanding of a global cultural neighborhood where conflict and peace are immanent, yet where mutual knowledge and respect prevail.
Echi Christina Gabbert:
Modalities of cultural neighborhood – A view from Hamar
Culture, contact, and identity – The multiethnic composition of the Bashada of southern Ethiopia
Bondfriendship in the cultural neighborhood – Dyadic ties and their public appreciation in South Omo
Local potential for peace – Trans-ethnic cross-cutting ties among the Daasanech and their neighbors
Murder as a marker of ethnicity – Ideas and practices concerning homicide among the Daasanech
Echi Christina Gabbert:
Mountains for each other – Some insights into Arbore–Wata Wando relationships
The interethnic relationship between the Hor and Tsamako
Graziano Savà / Sophia Thubauville:
The Ongota – A branch of the Maale? The heterogeneity of the Ongota lexicon as the result of cultural contact
Favourite enemies – The case of the Konso
Amity through intermarriage – Some outcomes of a workshop on inter-marriage between the Maale, Aari and Banna people of southern Ethiopia
Language contact and its consequences in Aari
Shauna LaTosky / Louren Nakali:
The realities of reality TV in a Nyangatom village
The paternalistic neighbor – A tale of the demise of cherished traditions
In the same series further social-anthropological studies on Ethiopian cultures have been published, see the following links:
- Die Wandernde ist eine Kuh
- Heilige Stadt – Stadt der Heiligen
- Predicaments of Mursi (Mun) Women in Ethiopia’s Changing World
- The Bashada of Southern Ethiopia
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