Women in Africa: Studies in Social and Economic Change

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Stanford University Press, Jun 1, 1976 - Social Science - 306 pages
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This collection of papers-all but one previously unpublished-presents the results of recent field research in the disciplines of history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and economics. The chief emphasis here is on change: on viewing African women as agents of change from the first arrival of Europeans to the present; and on seeking to change the perspective from which African women have been studied in the past.

The papers encompass settings as diverse as eighteenth-century Senegal and contemporary Mozambique. Politically and socially, too, the local settings are various, including an Igbo village, the marketplaces of Abidjan and Accra, a development scheme in rural Tanzania, the churches of Freetown, and the streets of Mombasa.

The contributors are Iris Berger, James L. Brain, George E. Brooks, Jr., Margaret Jean Hay, Barbara C. Lewis, Leith Mullings, Kamene Okonjo, Claire Robertson, Filomina Chioma Steady, Margaret Strobel, and Judith VanAllen.

 

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Contents

Women
19
Igbo Women
45
Aba Riots or Igbo Womens War? Ideology
59
Luo Women and Economic Change During
87
Ga Women and Socioeconomic Change
111
Rebels or StatusSeekers? Women as Spirit Mediums
157
Womens Associations
183
Protestant Womens Associations in Freetown
213
Women and Economic Change in Africa
239
Women in Rural Settlement
265
References Cited
285
Index
299
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