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Exchange Is Not Robbery
Author: J.M. Chernoff

ISBN: 9780226103556
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 17 December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 16.5 x 2.6
Description:
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 come to 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.
In "Exchange Is Not Robbery" and its predecessor, "Hustling Is Not Stealing," a chronicle of exploitation is transformed by verbal art into an ebullient comedy. In "Hustling Is Not Stealing," 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 making sacrifices to live independe...

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