The strength of badenya ties: siblings and social security in old age – the case of urban Burkina Faso

Roth, Claudia (2014). The strength of badenya ties: siblings and social security in old age – the case of urban Burkina Faso. American Ethnologist, 41(3), pp. 547-563. American Anthropological Association 10.1111/amet.12094

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In urban Burkina Faso, siblings play a decisive role in local social security. Badenya, the unity of children of the same mother, compensates in particular for the economic failure of an eldest son no longer in a position to fulfill his familial duties. Although the institution of badenya is strengthened as it increasingly comes into play to help a family avoid social marginalization, it is also overburdened, which makes its future uncertain. This article enhances the anthropological understanding of kinship by focusing on sibling relationships. Findings are based on interviews conducted between 2007 and 2010 with two generations in households in Bobo-Dioulasso and on participant-observation over the course of more than a dozen research stays since 1989.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Roth, Claudia


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore




American Anthropological Association




Manfred Rudolf Perlik

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2015 13:41

Last Modified:

05 Jan 2015 13:41

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Burkina Faso, siblings, social security, intergenerational relations, kinship, badenya, theory of action




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