Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I would like to acknowledge my host family in Senegal for their unending generosity and patience. I would also like to thank the women’s association in Khar Yalla for teaching me about women’s lives in Senegal. To protect their privacy, I have...

Names and Relationships

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pp. xi-xiv

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Prologue: Welcome to Khar Yalla

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pp. 1-13

Throughout the day, public transport drivers who were unwilling to venture onto the unpaved streets of Khar Yalla contributed to the congestion at the roundabout. It was at one time patriotically painted red, yellow, and green by youth...

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1. Global Senegal

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pp. 14-38

By early 2000, it was evident that families were frustrated with more than twenty years of policies of economic and political liberalization in Senegal. These reforms aimed at economic growth, implemented under the aegis of the International..

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2. Homes and Their Histories

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pp. 39-59

Sokna and Géer had lived through the transition to independence in 1960, they had witnessed the decline of the peanut monoculture and the migration...

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3. The Promise of Paradise

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pp. 60-92

“Do you want me to plug this in? Do you want me to plug this circuit into God?” These are words that are often spoken on the radio in Senegal by a male shaykh. The...

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4. A Tale of Two Sisters

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pp. 93-114

“I want to help pay for the new tile floor in the courtyard for Bintu’s wedding, but I cannot,” said Jigeen, her eyes fixed on the stained concrete floor. “I have...

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5. A Lamb Slaughtered

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pp. 115-144

“But I don't love Musa Mbacke,” Bintu whispered, eyes downcast and legs folded under her slender body as her maternal kin aunt, great-aunt, uncle, and mother pressed her to explain her refusal to enter into the marriage that they...

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6. Home Economics

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pp. 145-169

Sokna Géer spotted the greasy chicken carcass lying on an aluminum platter near the stacks of enameled bowls that remained unwashed after the previous day’s feast. Still stinging from the expense of the celebration, she was...

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7. Only Trouble

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pp. 170-199

Sokna Géer son Abdoul Aziz drove her to a naming ceremony one morning in February three weeks before her husband would depart for the hajj to Mecca....

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Epilogue

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pp. 200-208

The 1990s and early 2000s saw an increasing number of migrants leaving Senegal for better prospects abroad. Senegalese men and women sought to improve their own lives and those of their families during a time marked by...

Glossary

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pp. 209-212

Notes

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pp. 213-218

References

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pp. 219-232

Index

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pp. 233-242

Author Bio

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p. 242