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African Archaeological Review

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 135–151 | Cite as

Social Dynamics and Pottery Distribution in the Faro Department, Northern Cameroon

  • Marc M. Vander Linden
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Abstract

Ethnoarchaeological studies have constantly emphasized the complexity of pottery distribution and its close ties with other aspects of social life. It is argued here that, among the Dowayo of northern Cameroon, pottery exchange is not regulated by preferential economic relationships between producers and consumers but rather by mechanisms such as fashion or the reputation of the artisans.

De récentes études ethnoarchéologiques ont constamment mis en avant la complexité des processus de distribution de la poterie et les liens étroits que ceux-ci entretiennent avec les autres aspects de la vie sociale. Il est démontré dans cet article que, chez les Dowayo du Nord-Cameroun, les échanges de poterie sont structurés par une absence de lien privilégié entre producteurs et consommateurs et sont dès lors régulés par des mécanismes tels que la mode ou la réputation des artisans.

ethnoarchaeology northern Cameroon pottery production distribution economics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc M. Vander Linden
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  1. 1.F.N.R.S.C.P.Université Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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