Exchange Is Not Robbery: More Stories of an African Bar Girl / Edition 2

Exchange Is Not Robbery: More Stories of an African Bar Girl / Edition 2

by John M. Chernoff
     
 


While living in West Africa in the 1970s, John Chernoff recorded the stories of "Hawa," a spirited and brilliant but uneducated woman whose insistence on being respected and treated fairly propelled her, ironically, into a life of marginality and luck as an "ashawo," or bar girl. Rejecting traditional marriage options and cut off from family support, she is like… See more details below

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While living in West Africa in the 1970s, John Chernoff recorded the stories of "Hawa," a spirited and brilliant but uneducated woman whose insistence on being respected and treated fairly propelled her, ironically, into a life of marginality and luck as an "ashawo," or bar girl. Rejecting traditional marriage options and cut off from family support, she is like many women in Africa who depend on the help they receive from one another, from boyfriends, and from the men they meet in bars and nightclubs. Refusing to see herself as a victim, Hawa embraces the freedom her lifestyle permits and seeks the broadest experience available to her. Indeed, through Hawa's verbal artistry, a chronicle of exploitation is transformed into an ebullient comedic celebration of contestation and play.

In Hustling Is Not Stealing, this book's predecessor, Hawa is a playful warrior struggling against circumstances in Ghana and Togo. In Exchange Is Not Robbery, Hawa returns to her native Burkina Faso, where she achieves greater control over her life but faces new difficulties. As a woman fighting for herself, making sacrifices, and choosing independence, Hawa sees the moral ambiguities of her life become more complex and more intense. Combining elements of folklore and memoir, Hawa's stories give a panoramic view of contemporary society in West Africa. Individually the anecdotes can be funny, shocking, or poignant; assembled together they offer a sweeping critical and satirical vision.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226103556
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Procedures to protect identities15
Love that makes one sick21
The story of woman29
Getting an identity card44
Virginity as a fatal disease51
Working at La Tringle56
Mama gets a boyfriend60
The village nightclub64
Mama Amma and her two boyfriends75
Limata and her old man89
The short big man who liked to dance102
The French nightclub115
The French Ashawos120
The godfather127
Not crazy, just stupid135
Mr. Heh-heh-heh139
The Belgian prisoner144
Interrogations148
Hope153
Shetu and Philippe157
The trouble with frogs171
Transition : money matters177
Country roads at night185
The first useless child193
The two wives197
The big fight201
Interlude : big brother205
The big fight (conclusion)207
Issahaku and the Fulani thieves214
Papa's mouth221
Children who steal228
Tales of groove232
How papa managed242
The sense of villagers246
Introduction to Western civilization248
A strange case at the chief's court251
How children get sense254
Good and bad strangers258
Special tea260
Pro-pro Ghana babies262
Papa and the tigernut lady265
Special agent272
The sister who refused marriage283
Marrying sisters288
Escape to Bobo290
Further varieties of village seduction294
A village courtship297
Catching chickens300
The sweetness of villages304
Stuck in the village311
Ten and a half languages312
Undercover research321
I could sell her in Accra330
The smell of a place333
Passage by contract334
Ghana girls in Ouaga337
Togo girls in Ouaga342
A greenhorn344
Women for themselves350
The patience of a Mossi mistress354
Who wants to live in an institution?356
The issue of an issue364
Serial monogamy370
Private Ashawo372
Not a captain of sexing376
The dilemma of big pricks380
Limata's boyfriend385
Ginger for sex workers387
The Italian man with a prick problem388
Something like a thief393
The poor man who tore Limata's dress395
Customer relations399
Popularity party406
Revenge of the men410
The price of champagne412

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