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Money Has No Smell: The Africanization of New York City

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In February 1999 the tragic New York City police shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed street vendor from Guinea, brought into focus the existence of West African merchants in urban America. In Money Has No Smell, Paul Stoller offers us a more complete portrait of the complex lives of West African immigrants like Diallo, a portrait based on years of research Stoller conduc ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by University Of Chicago Press
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Matthew Ledrew
Well, I loved Paul Stoller's "In Sorcery's Shadow", and that ethnography was written a good ten years before this one... So, let's see if time has helped Stoller's pen and see if he can manage a perfect five this time...


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... Or not.


For fans of Sorcerys Shadow, this will be a real disappointment. It is the driest, most uninspired book I've ever read. It reads as a simple text book, with none of the flavor or zest of the previous text.

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Noah
A fascinating, but often repetitive account of West African merchants in New York City and the intersection of their home culture, language, customs, and religion with "American-ness." For Africa-philes, or anyone who has lived in West Africa (I have) or New York City (I haven't), this book is a good read.
Dovofthegalilee
I was disappointed in this book. There could have been so much more but in the end it seemed that it just went into circles, small circles at that.
Jessie
I had to read this for a cultural anthropology class. It isnt the type of book I would read on my own, but it was interesting!
Sherry
for lovers of african culture...enjoy!
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Paul Stoller is an anthropologist and novelist who teaches anthropology at West Chester University. He has conducted ethnographic research in the Republic of Niger in West Africa and among West African immigrants in New York City. His books, novels and memoirs are attempts to convey the wisdom of African systems of thought. He is currently doing research on family life among West African immigrant ...more
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