Title: Stirring life: women's paths and places among the Kasena of Northern Ghana
Authors: Cassiman, Ann
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Uppsala University Press
Series Title: Uppsala studies in cultural anthropology vol:39
Abstract: What does it mean to create a home, or turn space into a meaningful place? What can the built form teach us about the cultural construction of people’s lives? This monograph presents a detailed analysis of the practices, discourses and meanings of daily life as it unfolds in and around the domestic space of the Kasena of northern Ghana. Building on years of research, and with a great sense for ethnographic detail, the author explores the lifecycle of the Kasena house, the sensuousness of its material shape, its emplacement within natural, social and cultural geographies, the complex interactions between houses, and the specific ways in which the social biography of the house is interwoven with the lives and works of its inhabitants. Throughout this analysis of the culturally constructed ontology of Kasena lifeworlds, the author privileges a female perspective. In particular she focuses on women’s paths and movements in and between houses, carefully drawing out the analogies that exist between the social body of the house and the female body in each phase of their existence (from birth and marriage to death). The book conveys how the house, as a living body, constantly enables the regeneration and replenishing of ongoing cycles and flows of gifts, goods and people, and thereby forms a prerequisite for the never-ending renewal or stirring of life itself.
ISBN: 91-554-6598-6
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBa
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa

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