Oasis Belonging: A Comparative Study

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As Niger has industrialized and moved away from medieval systems and towards a unitary government, there has been a lot more pressure on local people to settle down and dedicate themselves to oasis gardening (Rasmussen 2001:144). This changes the behaviour of men drastically, as they no longer need to live away from their wife’s tent for the sake of the caravan trade for five to six months a year. Men now build adobe houses near their wife’s tents, which eliminates the fear of homelessness if their wife decides to divorce him( Rasmussen 2001:144). This frees him up to begin to practice polygyny, and expand his family to include multiple wives and offspring to help with oasis gardening, thus developing a visible link between reproduction and
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