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Negotiating License and Limits: expertise and innovation in Djenne's building trade

Marchand, Trevor H.J. (2009) 'Negotiating License and Limits: expertise and innovation in Djenne's building trade.' Africa, specia . (In Press)

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Abstract

During a mason’s apprenticeship in Djenné, the young man acquires not only technical skills, but also appropriate social knowledge and a bodily comportment. Together, these inform his professional performance as a craftsman. Recognised masters of the trade creatively innovate in a manner that effectively expands the discursive boundaries of tradition and what is popularly accepted as ‘authentic’ Djenné architecture. Based on ethnographic work amongst Djenné’s masons, this paper explores the complex construction of ‘expert status’, and the negotiation of license and limits for innovation in this internationally renowned and protected historic urban context.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: masonry, Mali, innovation, expertise
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Depositing User: Trevor Marchand
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2008 10:52
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4952

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