Chapter 2 Household Fixity As a Process

  • Martin Fotta


This chapter reveals the constant effort that goes into the stabilisation of households, demonstrating how the ties that make Calon families strong also make them vulnerable. The analysis focuses on how durable household wealth, associated with wives, and money, associated with husbands, are implicated in this process. The amount of money a man has in loans to Jurons registers his relations with others and condenses his reputation. It is related to lifecycle, in which the man’s efficacy becomes most visible in the creation of his children’s households.


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  • Martin Fotta
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  1. 1.Department of Social and Cultural AnthropologyGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

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