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In February 1999 the tragic New York City police shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed street vendor from Guinea, brought into focus the existence of West African merchants in urban America. In Money Has No Smell, Paul Stoller offers us a more complete portrait of the complex lives of West African immigrants like Diallo, a portrait based on years of research Stoller conducted on the streets of New York City during the 1990s.

Blending fascinating ethnographic description with incisive social analysis, Stoller shows how these savvy West African entrepreneurs have built cohesive and effective multinational trading networks, in part through selling a simulated Africa to African Americans. These and other networks set up by the traders, along with their faith as devout Muslims, help them cope with the formidable state regulations and personal challenges they face in America. As Stoller demonstrates, the stories of these West African traders illustrate and illuminate ongoing debates about globalization, the informal economy, and the changing nature of American communities.

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In February 1999 the tragic New York City police shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed street vendor from Guinea, brought into focus the existence of West African merchants in urban America. In Money Has No Smell, Paul Stoller offers us a more complete portrait of the complex lives of West African immigrants like Diallo, a portrait based on years of research Stoller conducted on the streets of New York City during the 1990s. As Stoller demonstrates, the stories of these West African traders illustrate and illuminate ongoing debates about globalization, the informal economy, and the changing nature of American communities.

About the Author

Paul Stoller is a professor of anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Sensuous Scholarship and Jaguar: A Story of Africans in America, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Money Has No Smell

1. A Slow Afternoon at the Harlem Market

2. Urban Intersections/Existential Crossroads

3. The Way of the Jaguar

4. African/Asian/Uptown/Downtown

5. Afrocentric Marketing

6. Regulating Urban Life

7. The Spatial Politics of African Trading in Harlem

8. City Life

Epilogue: Issifi's Path

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226775296
Author:
Stoller, Paul
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Stoller, Paul
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Commerce
Subject:
Muslims
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social conditions.
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Ethnic relations.
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones, 2 line drawings
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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In February 1999 the tragic New York City police shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed street vendor from Guinea, brought into focus the existence of West African merchants in urban America. In Money Has No Smell, Paul Stoller offers us a more complete portrait of the complex lives of West African immigrants like Diallo, a portrait based on years of research Stoller conducted on the streets of New York City during the 1990s. As Stoller demonstrates, the stories of these West African traders illustrate and illuminate ongoing debates about globalization, the informal economy, and the changing nature of American communities.
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