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COEXISTENCE LOGGINGS In the forests of south-east Africa, Chinese logging companies are cutting down muchcoveted hardwood to be exported to Asia and Europe. Logging teams usually consist of local labourers and a few Chinese superiors, who live together in highly remote areas for extended periods of time. Still, despite the close physical proximity, verbal communication is often reduced to an absolute minimum. Very few Chinese superiors speak English or any African language and local laborers rarely understand Chinese. SETTLEMENT In many rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa, a settlement is also a cosmological universe organised around lineage-based principles. Traditionally, settlements were often physically organized as concentric circles around a centre where the cattle were enclosed within a fence. With the increasing presence of foreigners, local housing strategies have changed and with that also the structuring of settlements, such as the introduction of rectangular buildings. 153


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