Strangers Within – Foundations of Microsociology

Simmel: "People who are close by, yet somehow remote", e. g. mobile traders are not bound by roots. Schuetz: "People without graves or reminiscences". People who come from other places – and stay. Fortes: Two ways of incorporating outsiders – kinship or law. Kinship = connection via a common origin, or via processes of exchange over time (including feeding).  Law = connection via legal process. Central to modern notions of citizenship Strangerhood implies both spatial and temporal dislocation. Strangers inspire fear and curiosity.

Briggs, lived with the Utku, Eskimo people of N. Canada: "I was first a stranger and curiosity, then a recalcitrant child and finally a confirmed irritant". Shuetz notes that strangers have:  a more critical eye on local practice  different kinds of habitual thinking double (doubtful) loyalty Strangers are also closely observed. Fortes working in West Africa distinguished three possible kinds of relationship that could be formed with strangers: (i) no-relationship – strangers as aliens/spirits, harmful, should be avoided.

Relationships of enmity – strangers who are not fully human – need to be subdued, can be drawn into relationships of slavery (iii) strangers who can be drawn into semi-kinship relations – potential affines. Akan notions of strangerhood – defined by politics and kinship – not by cultural or residential criteria. Internal Strangers: Ahoho are non-citizens but have the same cultural and political sensibilities and can become affines. Outsiders/Aliens: Ntafo live apart in the Zongos (the foreign quarters of Akan towns and even villages). First Contact

Columbus and the "New World" 1492 Columbus set off in 1492 to find Asia – using maps drawn by Marco Polo and information that came from (i) previous travellers and (ii) from authoritative sources – the Bible and the work of ancient scholars. Peter Hulme looked at journals of those who accompanied Columbus (notably Las Casas) written over the six and a half month journey from Europe to the so-called "new world" (1492-1493). Columbus himself never knew that he had "discovered" the Americas -he assumed he was just off the coastline of Cathay -near the island of Cipangu (Japan)