This is a wise and imaginative, yet enormously careful, book--one of great interest to analysts of the complex, often perplexing, sometimes contradictory processes of changing political economies at local, national, regional, and global levels and how they affect the lives of 'ordinary' people. It will humble and confound any who think they fully understand these processes, much less believe that they can steer them.
Tom Callaghy, University of Pennsylvania
Shea Butter Republic offers a sophisticated account of the changing market for a tropical product which has always been produced for diverse domestic as well as changing export markets. This is a particularly fascinating case because, if African economies diversify successfully, surely more goods will have these characteristics.
Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University
This is an excellent book....Through rich ethnography, life histories, and archival accounts, Brenda Chalfin traces a vivid progression of strategies through which rural women responded to the changing opportunities and recurrent disruptions brought to their doorsteps by national and global institutions with their own cultural, economic, or political agendas.
Gracia Clark, Indiana University