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 Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 From: Bill Bravman, University of Maryland <William_BRAVMAN@umail.umd.edu> Though she did not write it with a notion of 'meta-ethnicity' in mind, B. Marie Perinbam's recent book, _Family Identity and the State in the Bamako Kafu,_ might well be read as supportive of the idea for a large region of people(s) in the western African savannah.  Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 From: Lawrence Mbogoni, Luther College <email@example.com> Just wondering what's behind all these concepts given by Don. Can't African societies constitute "nations"? If much of West Africa is occupied by a mosaic of "interdigitated" peoples wouldn't the label of nationahood be more applicable than, say, "meta-ethnicity"? Or is the concept of "meta-ethnicity" a mere substitute for "tribalism"?