Parish, JAE (2015) Mining morals, muck and Akan gold in New York City. Anthropology Southern Africa, 38 (3-4). pp. 290-301. ISSN 0379-8860

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Among Akan spirit preachers at shrines in New York, gold and gold weights are at the centre of the creation of new moral topographies in a fluid and contested context. In a get-rich-quick New York marketplace, the preachers appeal to an understanding of gold that is contained within Akan values and ethical codes surrounding economic responsibility and social obligation. Remaking Manhattan's ethical geographies from the standpoint of a transnational Akan morality, occult narratives offer a different reading that links the moral dirt of the landfill sites of Manhattan with that of the rivers and forests polluted by cyanide, sulphuric acid and other mining chemicals in Obuasi, Ghana, a centre of gold mining. The paper plots a map of muck and morals as shrine discourses about gold provide a critical commentary on the moral conventions of wealth creation, accumulation and desire among a diasporic community.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript whose final and definitive form has been published in Parish, J., 2015. Mining morals, muck and Akan gold in New York City. Anthropology Southern Africa, 38(3-4), pp.290–301, © NISC, The Author, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Akan spirit preachers, Ghana, gold, New York, transnationalism, wealth
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 14:15
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2020 11:01

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