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African Friends and Money Matters: Observations from Africa (Publications in Ethnography, Vol. 37) Paperback – November 1, 2001
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About the Author
David Maranz, Ph.D., has lived and worked with SIL International in Cameroon, Senegal, and several other countries in Africa since 1975. He has worked in community development, anthropology, administration, and as an international anthropology consultant. He has a Ph.D. in International Development. His earlier book, Peace is Everything: : The World View of Muslims and Traditionalists in the Senegambia , examines the worldview and religious context of the people in the Senegambia region of West Africa.
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Top Customer Reviews
In the musical "My Fair Lady", Professor Henry Higgins when realizing that he cannot control his "project" student, Eliza Doolittle, sings lamenting "Why can't a woman be more like a man..." It is very easy for us born into a certain culture to have that feeling about particularly 3rd world cultures, and especially about sub-Saharan Africa. Westerners (North Americans and Europeans) often come away from Africa perplexed about life-style and ways of doing things. "Why do they...." and "How do they..." preface our questions when we think of actions we observe that seem counter-productive or may appear to "shoot a society in the foot." Why might money given for fertilizer to be purchased in May, instead be spent on a family wedding in April? How can one be a friend without seeming like a "sugar-daddy"? How can anyone maintain 40 "very-close friends"?
David Maranz, an anthropologist with 25 years experience working in Senegal with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, has written an introduction to the whys and hows of African life, based on his experience and numerous interviews he has had with both native Africas and Westerners living in Africa. This is an "Aha!" type of book, some of which may apply to societies in other countries as well. Dr. Maranz's discoveries are fascinating and often entertaining. Better yet, they provide important answers and background necessary for the respectful and productive interaction of drastically different cultures. He is clear to make the point that his assessment is not a one-size-fits-all in describing the many countries and multiple tribes within countries of Africa.Read more ›
The cultures are so vastly different - in regards to their perceptions, beliefs and use of material resources - that one is tempted to regard "US" (yes, U.S. and Westerners!) as being "right" and our African friends as being "wrong" .... that is, until one gets the perspective of this excellent book.
It's telling that a used copy's asking price is higher than the original! I can attest from personal experience that this is an excellent and accurate work, and it's got plenty of practical illustrations and examples. Anybody working in Africa, NGO, governmental or business, would do well to STUDY this work.
My only complaint is that there isn't a discounted price for ten or so copies, as I'd love to share it with many. Not knowing what's contained in it's pages will cost you in terms of money, relationships ...and - therefore - effectiveness. They should offer a "double your money back" customer satisfaction guarantee.
The cultural differences are so great it's hard to summarize in one brief review. The main thing is: their system works for them, where they are; ours works for us ... but we can learn much from each other. If you want to be effective in Africa, i.e.: if the topic is relevant, read the book.
Engineering Consultant (short-term missions volunteer)
This book is easy to understand, practical, and caring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In general good background, but was based on African/Cameroon villages 40 years ago - so of limited use now.Published 1 month ago by ander
This is one of the most important books out there for anyone doing work or business in Africa from the West. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great perspective invaluable but I fundamentally disagree with allowing there current financial behaviors. Retrain for success.Published 9 months ago by kevin wang
A highly informative and well organized tome. This book has helped tremendously in understanding cultural differences between the "West" and Africa. Read morePublished 10 months ago by kazubwengef
This book explains so much that I have wondered and been bothered by from my days in West Africa. This book taught me much about myself as well. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gene Brooks
Wow! Great cultural insights about African life. I lived in Mexico and worked there for 7 years and realize how many mistakes I made culturally. Read morePublished 13 months ago by tonyc
Huge help with understanding not just money, but relationships! I bought a extra copy for our board president and we plan on passing it around!Published 18 months ago by L. Gates