2001 volume 33(12) pages 2189 – 2203
doi:10.1068/a345

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Dafinger A, 2001, "An anthropological case study on the relation of space, language, and social order: the Bisa of Burkina Faso" Environment and Planning A 33(12) 2189 – 2203

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An anthropological case study on the relation of space, language, and social order: the Bisa of Burkina Faso

Andreas Dafinger

Received 18 December 2000; in revised form 3 September 2001

Abstract. This paper outlines certain benefits that spatial analysis offers to anthropological research, and shows how anthropology and related linguistic research may in turn contribute to the understanding of the social determinants of spatial order. It presents a case study of spatial order in a rural West African society. Although the examples are from a particular setting, the theoretical frame is a general one: the analysis will focus on the connections between social order, language, and the perception of space.

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