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Patronage and Clientage: East Africa
(742 words)

In much of Muslim East Africa, the patron– client relationship is a socially, politically, and economically informed exchange system between individuals – or groups of individuals – of unequal social status. Powerful patrons control different mechanisms and means of exchange and keep their underprivileged partner(s) in a dependent position. “Clients” are often victims of personal exploitation who are compelled to perform low prestige work in return for minimal remuneration, which replicates thei…

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Steiner, Martina I., “Patronage and Clientage: East Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00358>
First published online: 2009

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